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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

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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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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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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 »

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The Debate Team See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The battlefield is ideas
14 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

No folks this is not about the Confederate general. Drop the middle initial and you have Dale Midkiff who teaches debate at a California high school and the kids who take it are looking for an elective to graduate. But the class itself and the class as constituted by the kids who take it are much more than that. Debate and Midkiff previously taught a class at a military academy sees it in military terms. It's war and the battlefield is ideas. To make sure of your position on any issue you must think and debate is to make you think.

I can see that a lot of people who simply accept facts and memes without question will not be happy with Debating Robert Lee. I can assure you it won't be shown at film night at Pat Robertson's Regent University.

Some nice performances by Midkiff and his young cast. I'd single out Beau Bridges and Melinda Dillon as his parents and among the kids Daniel Letterle and Billy Kay.

This one is worth a look.


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