Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Changing the world... one word at a time.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2006-04-28
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 184 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Lions Gate Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.

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  • Keke Palmer

    as Akeelah
  • Laurence Fishburne

    as Dr. Larabee
  • Angela Bassett

    as Tanya
  • Curtis Armstrong

    as Mr. Welch
  • J.R. Villarreal

    as Javier
  • Sean Michael Afable

    as Dylan
  • Sahara Garey

    as Georgia
  • Lee Thompson Young

    as Devon
  • Julito McCullum

    as Terrence
  • Erica Hubbard

    as Kiana
  • Eddie Steeples

    as Derrick-T
  • Dalia Phillips

    as Ms. Cross
  • Tzi Ma

    as Mr. Chiu
  • Jeris Poindexter

    as Steve
  • Sara Niemietz

    as Polly
  • George Hornedo

    as Roman
  • Craig Wasson

    as Ted Saunders
  • Jeff Marlow

    as District Judge
  • Lee Garlington

    as Regional Judge
  • Katie Kerwin McCrimmon

    as Herself
  • Sid Ganis

    as Regional Pronouncer
  • Austin Herrera Davis

    as Cheating Boy
  • Janet Borrus

    as Cheating Boy's Mom
  • Wolfgang Bodison

    as Akeelah's Father
  • Bonita Friedericy

    as Volunteer
  • Lauren Sánchez

    as Reporter
  • Fay Hauser

    as Woman on TV
  • Jack Ong

    as Korean Grocer
  • Neil Soni

    as Rajeev Subramonian
Production Laurence Fishburne Producer
Production Jaki Brown Casting
Production Kim Coleman Casting
Camera M. David Mullen Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Sharen Davis Costume Design
Sound Aaron Zigman Original Music Composer
Sound Roland N. Thai Sound Designer
Sound Roland N. Thai Supervising Sound Editor
Production Aisha Coley Casting
Editing Glenn Farr Editor
Art Warren Alan Young Production Design
Camera David Mun Second Assistant Camera
Directing Doug Atchison Director
Writing Doug Atchison Writer
Art Julieann Getman Set Decoration
Production Mike Upton Co-Producer
Production Jennifer Booth Production Supervisor
Crew Carl Pedregal Post Production Supervisor
Art Kathleen Kasinger Property Master
Sound Joel C. High Music Supervisor
Directing Jan McWilliams Script Supervisor
Camera Chris Mosio Camera Operator
Camera Chris Mosio Second Unit Director of Photography
Editing Markus Czyzewski First Assistant Editor
Sound Laura Macias Foley Artist
Sound Vince Nicastro Foley Artist
Art Alicia Maccarone Set Designer
Sound Stacey A. Washer Boom Operator
Sound Johnny Caruso Music Editor
Costume & Make-Up Riki Lin Sabusawa Costume Supervisor
Art Greg Sanger Leadman
Camera Saeed Adyani Still Photographer
Sound Ken S. Polk Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound James Morioka Dialogue Editor
Sound James Morioka Supervising Dialogue Editor
Costume & Make-Up Kenneth Walker Hair Department Head
Sound Melissa Kennelly Foley Editor
Crew Jo Ann Smith Studio Teacher
Costume & Make-Up Edna Sheen Makeup Department Head
Crew Heather Fielding Studio Teacher
Costume & Make-Up Gigi Williams Key Makeup Artist
Sound Chris Navarro ADR Recordist
Lighting Rich Paisley Gaffer
Production Nancy Hult Ganis Producer
Art Robert 'Cass' McEntee Construction Coordinator
Crew Kirk Huston Transportation Captain
Sound Matthew Nicolay Sound mixer
Sound Shawn Kennelly Foley Mixer
Art Shelley A. Wallace Art Direction
Sound Eduardo Ponsdomenech Music Editor
Camera Johnny Radzik Camera Operator
Crew Angel DeSanti Transportation Captain
Costume & Make-Up Linda Cowan Key Makeup Artist
Production Jules Carideo Production Coordinator
Camera Brad Heiner Key Grip
Crew Oswaldo Rojas Propmaker
Production Kent Kubena Co-Producer
Sound Eric Thompson ADR Mixer
Sound Barbara McCart Sound Recordist
Camera Marcos O. Lopez Second Assistant "B" Camera
Sound Fred Stafford Supervising ADR Editor
Production Danny Llewelyn Producer
Directing Rodney Allen Hooks Assistant Director
Crew Jason Dock Harrell Propmaker
Art Matt Furginson Assistant Property Master
Camera James 'Keeper' Auld Dolly Grip
Camera William Rick Young Best Boy Grip
Crew Kevin Moll Studio Teacher