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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 ... Himself
Michael Klinger Michael Klinger ... Himself
Joe Koehle Joe Koehle ... Himself
Calum Matheson Calum Matheson ... Himself
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Himself
Morgan Miller Morgan Miller ... Herself
Stacey Nathan Stacey Nathan ... Herself
William Repko William Repko ... Himself
Erin I. Robbins Erin I. Robbins ... The Big Board Girl
Greta Stahl Greta Stahl ... Herself
David Strauss David Strauss ... Himself
Elliot S. Tarloff Elliot S. Tarloff ... Himself
James Thomas James Thomas ... Himself
Shaun VanHorn Shaun VanHorn ... Himself
Craig Wickersham Craig Wickersham ... Himself
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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 »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$45,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (DV 24p)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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