Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making of “Akeelah and the Bee”

May 13, 2013 ‐ By
Source: Lions Gate

Source: Lions Gate

In 2006, when black movies usually dealt with themes of drug deals, poor choices and the ghetto, Akeelah and the Bee represented a stark contrast. The film, which featured heavy hitter actors Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, was uplifting and inspirational. It was a message audiences of ages, races and backgrounds could enjoy. We’re sure you remember this movie, but we bet you don’t know


The Money

Though Akeelah took years to come together, once the funding and the actors were in place, the movie was filmed in just 31 days. The film was relatively small budget at just $6 million dollars. During it’s opening weekend, it made that back and 3 times that much ($18, 811, 135) when it closed in July of 2006. Filmed in 31 days with a budget of $6 million.

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  • It just shows that a quality film can be made if good people are inspired to make it!

  • Gypsy

    Not to be too critical of Keke Palmer but I saw her on 90210 show recently and she was really bad, her acting was bad and her diction/enunciation was bad. – I kept wincing and thinking that she needs acting lessons and a Kerry Washington course in how to properly pronounce her words. – Right now when she speaks she sounds like she’s struggling with a foreign language.

    She’s beautiful and young so she has time to learn these things so she can become a leading lady.

  • Positive movie that I would watch over and over again. I especially liked how the entire neighborhood-mailman, local drug dealer, etc.-helped Akeelah realize her goals.

    • flatbrokewoman

      this movie is a favorite for me. I think what you mentioned is what is missing in today’s world.