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Listen to Me (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 5 May 1989 (USA)
A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Cameron ... Tucker Muldowney
Jami Gertz ... Monica Tomanski
Roy Scheider ... Charlie Nichols
Amanda Peterson ... Donna Lumis
Tim Quill ... Garson McKellar
George Wyner ... Dean Schwimmer
Anthony Zerbe ... Senator McKellar
Christopher Atkins ... Bruce Arlington
Quinn Cummings ... Susan Hooper
Tim Dang ... Bobby Chin (as Timothy Dang)
Peter DeLuise ... Cameron Sweet (as Peter De Luise)
Jason Gould Jason Gould ... Hinkelstein
Jon Shear Jon Shear ... Braithwaite (as Jon Matthews)
Christopher Rydell ... Tom Lloynd
Tom Schanley ... Stewart Shields


A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama.

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Drama | Romance


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5 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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Talking Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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Thomas Heinkel Miller, the Columbia Debate Official, teaches speech at UCLA and is head of the forensics department. His teaching style mirrors what is taught in the movie. See more »


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some thought provoking moments make for a good film
25 March 2016 | by fitzericaSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 19 years old and it always stuck with me. I remember then renting it on video (Yay VHS) and still liking it very much. So, now at nearly 46 years old I decided to watch it again to see if I still felt the same emotional impact that it first gave me all those years ago. YES, I still really like this movie. I still feel the heart of it and still appreciate most of the film for its emotional elements. I am pro-choice and will always vote pro- choice, but hope that most women never have to make such a difficult decision. I will always hope that women & men try their best with birth control so that they don't have to be subjected to such a painful life decision. For me as a supporter of pro-choice, to like this movie that was definitely more pro-life, means that it was well done, in my opinion. As far as the debating team not being realistic with regard to how it really is, I can't know that as a lay person, so it didn't affect my opinion of the film. I could see why it would annoy true debaters though. Anyway, I think that this film is well worth watching even with its flaws.

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