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Debating Robert Lee (2004)

A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS ... See full synopsis »

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Dan Polier

Writers:

Barry Klein (as Matthew Klein), Dan Polier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS WAR.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Debate Team See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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superb movie
8 November 2012 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

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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