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The Programs


  • USA / 2002 / 97min / DVD / Colour
  • Original Title : Spellbound
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Director : Jeffrey Blitz
  • Cast : Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Ted Brigham, April DeGideo


This Oscar-nominated entry documents the intense experience of the National Spelling Bee as seen through the eyes of eight young spellers, with viewers glimpsing the kids’ private lives as they train for and compete in the ultimate cerebral showdown. While they try to keep their eyes on the $10,000 prize, their personal stories illuminate their quirks, their obsessive study habits and their alternately heartbreaking and inspiring family dynamics.

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