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4 Ratings: 4.3
A movie directed by Jeffrey Blitz

Who would have thought that a documentary about spelling-bee contestants could be as suspenseful as a Hitchcock thriller?Spellbound, which follows eight kids from their early victories in regional spelling bees to the national competition in Washington, … see full wiki

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG
4 reviews about Spellbound
review by . October 11, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
I am a big fan of documentaries and I just love this one. I show it every year to my high school freshmen just before the Scripps National Bee. They moan and groan at first. (It is, after all, a documentary.) But by the end they have particular favorites--and we are all on the edge of our seats watching the final competition. Good stuff!!
review by . February 09, 2004
SPELLBOUND is a highly entertaining documentary. My young daughter, and some of her friends, were introduced to the idea of a "documentary" with this film.It follows eight children who are all headed to the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. We meet kids from all places (Texas, California, Florida, DC, Pennsylvania, etc.) and backgrounds (children of poor Mexican immigrants, children of wealth in New Haven, etc.) and genders, of course. They are a delightful range of children, and getting to …
review by . January 28, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Directed by Jeff Blitz, this documentary focuses on eight participants in the 1999 Scripps Howard National Spelling contest. Although their names will mean nothing to you until after you have seen the film, you may wish to have the information for future reference: Harry Altman (New Jersey), Angela Arenivar (Texas), Ted Brigham (Missouri), April DeGideo (Pennsylvania), Neil Kadakia (California), Nupur Lala (Florida), Emily Stagg (Connecticut), and Ashley White (Washington, DC). Annually, about 9-million …
review by . July 30, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Total Delight - Great Documentary     Cons: More detail into the kids would have been nice     The Bottom Line: Well documented with many sides taken into account. A slice of Americana.      Who would have though a movie about the National Spelling Bee would have been so thought provolking! It was playing at the local documentary theater here in LA so off we trudged (me begrudingly as I could not fathom how any movie about kids at …
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