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Listen to Me (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 5 May 1989 (USA)
A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama.
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Monica Tomanski
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Charlie Nichols
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Donna Lumis
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Garson McKellar
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Dean Schwimmer
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Bruce Arlington
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Bobby Chin
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Cameron Sweet (as Peter De Luise)
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Jon Shear ...
Braithwaite (as Jon Matthews)
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Tom Lloynd
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Stewart Shields
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A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama.

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5 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Jon Lindstrom. See more »

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Donna Lumis: I have come here today, to urge you to bring back public hanging!
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Referenced in Growing Pains: Ben and Mike's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »

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Who's Gonna Love You Tonight?
Performed by David Foster
Written by David Foster, John Bettis and Keith Diamond
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21 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Listen to Me is, quite frankly, spectacularly bad, which makes it hard to rate. It was, quite unintentionally, hysterical at moments, and I love such great debating advice as, "We're not going to win with facts, so let's go for drama!" and suggesting that a new plan should be run in the 2AR. As other reviewers have noted, it does NOT represent debate very accurately at all, and is highly melodramatic and overwrought. However, as a debater (policy for 2 years in high school, now into my 3rd year of parliamentary in college), I enjoyed watching it, at least once, because it was so unintentionally funny. My coach last spring had us watch it during a meeting and we all laughed nonstop because of its inherent stupidity. My advice: if you're a debater, you might think this hilarious. If you're not, you might not enjoy it. Additionally, don't for a moment think that's how REAL debate is done. Just to pick one example, I cannot even begin to imagine my coach advising me to make up stories in order to win rounds. Side note of interest to debaters: Tom Miller, who is a debate official in the film, is an actual college debate coach at UCLA.


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