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Debate Team (2008)

A documentary exploring the weird subculture of competitive college debate.

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B. Douglas Robbins
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Credited cast:
Aaron Hardy Aaron Hardy ... Self
Michael Klinger Michael Klinger ... Self
Joe Koehle Joe Koehle ... Self
Calum Matheson Calum Matheson ... Self
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Self
Morgan Miller Morgan Miller ... Self
Stacey Nathan Stacey Nathan ... Self
William Repko William Repko ... Self
Erin I. Robbins Erin I. Robbins ... The Big Board Girl
Greta Stahl Greta Stahl ... Self
David Strauss David Strauss ... Self
Elliot S. Tarloff Elliot S. Tarloff ... Self
James Thomas James Thomas ... Self
Shaun VanHorn Shaun VanHorn ... Self
Craig Wickersham Craig Wickersham ... Self
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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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debate | team | college | See All (3) »

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America Loves a Winner and Will Not Tolerate a Loser

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Budget:

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

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Color (DV 24p)

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1.78 : 1
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