Listen to Me (film)

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Listen to Me
Listen to me poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Douglas Day Stewart
Produced by Dolly Gordon
Written by Douglas Day Stewart
Jack Cummins
Daniel Arthur Wray
Starring Kirk Cameron
Jami Gertz
Roy Scheider
Amanda Peterson
Tim Quill
Music by David Foster
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by Anne V. Coates
Bud S. Smith
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
May 5, 1989
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Listen to Me is a 1989 American drama film written and directed by Douglas Day Stewart. Released on May 5, 1989, it stars Kirk Cameron, Jami Gertz, and Roy Scheider. The film was largely shot on location in Malibu, California, including the campus of Pepperdine University.

Plot summary[edit]

Listen to Me centers around a group of college students who are members of the debate team at fictional Kenmont College. The two main characters, Tucker Muldowney (Cameron) and Monica Tomanski (Gertz), come from underprivileged backgrounds, having won scholarships to Kenmont for displaying exceptional talent for debating. Both students are taken under the wing of the debate team coach, Charlie Nichols (Scheider), who was a star debater in his youth.

The team eventually wins a chance to debate the issue of abortion in front of the Supreme Court. Along the way, the students learn lessons about life, love, friendship, and politics.




  • Jamie Kantrowitz as Monica's Little Sister
  • Barbara Pilavin as Monica's Aunt
  • Francine Selkirk as Monica's Aunt
  • Sean Stewart as Reform School Boy At Fence
  • Stephanie Copeland as Kenmore Cheerleader
  • Jodi Engleman as Kenmore Cheerleader (Credited as Jodi Engelmann)
  • Francine L. Julius as Kenmore Cheerleader
  • Alison Morgan as Kenmore Cheerleader
  • Traci L. Murray as Kenmore Cheerleader
  • Tammi Urner as Kenmore Cheerleader
  • Nancy Valen as Mia
  • Dorrie Krum as Tasha
  • Dylan Stewart as Chess Player
  • Julie Dretzin as Sloan
  • Lynn Fischer as Bobby Chin's Girlfriend
  • Mark Christopher Lawrence as Attila
  • Robert A. Chumbrook Jr. as Horny (Credited as Robert A. Chumbook)
  • Lilyan Chauvin as French Professor
  • Julie Robb as Fountain Girl (Credited as Julie Simone)
  • Annette Sinclair as Fountain Girl
  • Dianne Travis as Garson's Mother (Credited as Dianne Turley Travis)
  • Anna Lee as Garson's Grandmother
  • Kenneth Patterson as Garson's Grandfather (Credited as Kenneth G. Patterson)
  • Thomas Heinkel Miller as Columbia Debate Official
  • Priscilla Kovary Charlie's Dancing Partner
  • Richard Lundin as Hansom Cab Driver (Credited as Rick A. Lundin)
  • Jon Lindstrom as Television Reporter
  • David Downing as Officer of the Court
  • Don Galloway as Harvard Coach
  • Ed Wright as Justice Patterson
  • R. Norwood Smith as Justice Goodman (Credited as Norwood Smith)
  • Dave Gilbert as Justice Tarlton
  • Mary Gregory as Justice Brooderworth


  • Frank Ferruccio as Alex Corey
  • Donald Hall as Man in Restaurant
  • Lara Holmes as College Student
  • Angel Jager as Student
  • Michael Joiner as College student
  • Chillie Mo as Shaun
  • Tricia Sheldon as Debator
  • Tracii Show as College Student
  • Reynaldo Silva as College Student

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Awards

  • Nominated: Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture, Kirk Cameron (1990)

Political Film Society

  • Nominated: Human Rights (1990)

Golden Raspberry Awards

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