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  (in credits order)

Daniel Letterle ... Matt Mann

Kaley Cuoco ... Maralee Rodgers

Billy Kay ... David Russell

Danielle Harris ... Liz Bronner

Rachel Nichols ... Trilby Moffat

Leonardo Nam ... Jordan Kramer

Edwin Hodge ... Elliot Davis

Luke Edwards ... Michael Holland

Bradley Joseph ... Richard Alanzo (as Brad Bufanda)

Jonathan Hernandez ... Danny Alonzao

Dale Midkiff ... Robert Lee - teacher

Beau Bridges ... Mr. Lee

Brian Kerwin ... Gary Mann

A Martinez ... Mr. Alonzo

Melinda Dillon ... Mrs. Lee

Donna Bullock ... Amy Mann

Sherman Howard ... Mr. Moffat

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Debate Judge

John Vickery ... Mr. Woodruff

Ann Hearn ... Mrs. Russell

Barry Klein ... Coach Schuman (as Matthew Klein)

Penn Badgley ... Matt's Debate Opponent

Lalaine ... Richard's Debate Opponent

Karen Starc ... Jordan's Debate Opponent (as Karen Goberman)
Brandan Walsh ... Debator Pushing File Cabinet
Nels Van Patten ... Opposing Tennis Coach
David Branski ... Tennis Opponent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Avise ... Student (uncredited)

Wayne Sable ... Big Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Polier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barry Klein  written by (as Matthew Klein)
Dan Polier  written by

Produced by
Marc Ambrose .... co-producer
Rachael McCampbell .... associate producer
Jeffery Passero .... producer
Michael Polier .... associate producer
Tim Swain .... producer (as Timothy Swain)
Kevin Vahedi .... executive producer (as Keveh G. Vahedi)
Original Music by
Steven Chesne 
Cinematography by
Ben Kufrin 
Film Editing by
John Vasey 
Casting by
Jeffery Passero 
Production Design by
Margaret M. Miles 
Art Direction by
Allison Shashok 
Costume Design by
Alexa M. Stone 
Makeup Department
Nikki Carbonetta .... additional makeup artist (as Nikki Carbonetta-Aguirre)
Douglas Noe .... makeup department head
Rebecca Wachtel .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Lori Brener .... unit production manager
Josh McGuire .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Allen .... first assistant director
Max Berryhill .... second assistant director (as M.C. 'Max' Berryhill)
Colleen Cortes .... first assistant director
Alisa Fredericks .... second assistant director
Bradley Hvolbeck Jr. .... second second assistant director (as Brad Hvolbeck)
Daniel Long .... first assistant director
Tammy Oller .... second assistant director
Matt Tulve .... second assistant director
Matt Zettell .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sera Bishop .... set dresser
Abby Cobelli .... property master
Sherrie Dai .... art production assistant
Mike Manasewitsch .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Lucien Eagle-Jack .... boom operator
Chris Julian Irwin .... foley artist
Chris Julian Irwin .... foley mixer
Chris Julian .... sound post-production
Mark Linden .... re-recording mixer
Mickey McMullen .... sound mixer
Mickey McMullen .... sound
Tara A. Paul .... re-recording mixer (as Tara Paul)
Mark Piskorski .... sound effects editor
David Scharf .... dialogue editor
Harry E. Snodgrass .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Edgar Arellano .... gaffer
James 'Keeper' Auld .... grip
Michael Desmond .... still photographer
Daniel Hagouel .... crane arm
Rashaad Lewis .... best boy electric
Jean-Pierre Marangokis .... grip
Rob Muthamia .... assistant camera
Laura Thompson .... assistant camera
Eric Yahraus .... grip
Casting Department
Michael Haas .... casting assistant
Lissa Lawrence .... casting assistant
Bryan Neal .... casting assistant
Craig Turkell .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liuba Randolph .... costume design assistant (as Liuba Belyansky)
Music Department
Steven Chesne .... music supervisor
Other crew
Sherry Gunderman .... script supervisor
Michael Jin .... production assistant
Josh McGuire .... production coordinator (as Josh Turner McGuire)
Willy Roberts .... production assistant
Ellen Rosoff .... production assistant
Michael G. Sarno .... production assistant

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Rated R for language and a scene of drug use
108 min
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superb movie, 8 November 2012
Author: mattkratz ( from Richardson, TX

Don't expect to see a civil war movie when you get this. This movie is about a tough teacher who presides over a debate class and challenges them with tough topics and gets them to back up their feelings and put them aside with cold, hard facts. (i.e., he gets a black student to speak both for & against slavery during the civil war era.) He also has them discuss gays in the military and euthanasia in their debates, the latter of which he uses in competition.

This movie is more than just about a debate class. It is about real life and teamwork, as the students are "opposites" when they are teamed up. They apply what they learn in real life to back up their arguments in real life, and they are inspired by both their class and their teacher. (a la Dead Poets Society) The teacher does the same, especially with one of the topics. I loved the movie, and you will too.

*** out of ****

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