A documentary exploring the weird subculture of competitive college debate.

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Aaron Hardy ...
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Michael Klinger ...
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Calum Matheson ...
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Morgan Miller ...
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Stacey Nathan ...
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Erin I. Robbins ...
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Debate Team is a documentary exploring the weird subculture of competitive college debate. Competitors battle at 360 words per minute, hauling around mountains of evidence called "cards" and nearly every debate ends in global nuclear annihilation. In 2005, some 200 teams converged on San Francisco State to compete in the National Championship. The documentary follows four teams, from Michigan State, Harvard, West Georgia, and Berkeley in their quest for the national title. But back in 1969, debates were slower, more theatrical, and less technical. At the 1969 National Championship, a debate team from Harvard prevailed over the University of Houston. And Michael Miller from the Houston team has never been able to let go of that defeat. Miller, now a retired lawyer, discusses his life-long obsession with debate, his suicidal ideation, his ruined romances, and the self-hate borne of the loss to Harvard 37 years earlier. As the 2005 championship progresses and the competitors are slowly ... Written by B. Douglas Robbins

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America Loves a Winner and Will Not Tolerate a Loser

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19 October 2008 (USA)  »

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$45,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.78 : 1
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