• Publication date: September 2, 2009

Akeelah and the Bee

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

  • Publication date: September 2, 2009

Akeelah and the Bee

Program data

Duration: 105

Production Year: 2006

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July 3, 2016 16:15 (KSA) ~ July 3, 2016 15:15 (CLT)

(mbc.net) Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gang bangers.

She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations.

When Akeelah participates in a spelling bee much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins.

As the possibility of making it all the way to the National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her home life.

She also must get past her coach Dr.Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.


  • Keke Palmer
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Angela Bassett
  • Curtis Armstrong
  • J. R. Villareal

Directed by: Doug Atchison

Rating: PG for some language