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  • 8.2 10
  • 2002
  • Nonemin

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.


This is one of the documentaries with more tension and suspense that has ever been filmed, although the subject may indicate the opposite: a children’s competition to spell. Eight 8th graders, brimming with charisma, compete to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. With an extremely intelligent assembly, Spellbound, in addition to it’s oozing entertainment, is also a fantastic portrait of the United States on issues of race, ethnicity and class. It was nominated in 2002 for an Oscar for best documentary (Bowling for Columbine won, this one time we´ll forgive them). It´s definitely on the list of the best documentaries of all time and one of our favorites.

Jeffrey Blitz
Jeffrey Blitz Director

Production Companies

Blitz/Welch Productions