Robert X. Golphin as Dunbar Reed, opposite Denzel Washington as Professor Melvin Tolson in Debaters.
(Screen Grab from Harpo Films)
Academy Award Winner
Director/Star of The Great Debaters
"(Robert) never said anything about his writing and found out later he's written books, working on screenplays, (and) making movies. Just was an unusual cat. Came in and read and (there) was just something about him that I like. And obviously he's very intelligent."
-Interview with Ukee Washington on CBS 3/Philadelphia
about The Great Debaters.
Robert X. Golphin & Denzel Washington, Beverly Hills, CA.
(Photo Credit: A. McKinney/E.L. Shepard)
Stephen J. Rivele
Screenwriter: Ali, Nixon, Miles Ahead
"(Robert wrote) one of the most courageous screenplays I've ever read. Just taking on
the subject that it attempts was an act of great courage. But that (he) pulled it off with
such sophistication and grace and power is a real testament to true talent. I was extremely moved.
"A beautiful screenplay. Beautifully done. Exquisitely executed on a subject that I think would defy the efforts of most mainstream Hollywood screenwriters. And this is what I mean when I say young people have to challenge Hollywood to renew its birthright for sensitivity and courage and cutting edge issues. And this screenplay is a perfect example of that."
-Press Conference at which Robert was presented with
an award for his original screenplay.