Speech & Debate

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Speech & Debate
Speech & Debate poster.jpg
Directed by Dan Harris
Written by Stephen Karam
Based on Speech & Debate
by Stephen Karam
Music by Deborah Lurie
Cinematography David Hennings
Edited by Robert Hoffman
Distributed by Vertical Entertainment
Release date
  • April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Speech & Debate is a 2017 American film directed by Dan Harris. Filmed in Jackson in 2015, the film is an adaptation of the Broadway stage play Speech & Debate.[1] The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Vertical Entertainment.


The film features three misfit students in high school who are frustrated with the hypocrisy they see in their parents and school staff. Together, they try to revive an extinct school debate club to face the situation they are in.



Principal photography started in August 8, 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi.[2]

Karam said that "he specifically aimed to create characters who 'push through their pain'".[3]

The song "Losers Are Winners", which was written by Karam, is played over the credits performed by Kristin Chenoweth.


The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Vertical Entertainment.[4]


  1. ^ "Speech& Debate Film Will Feature Spencer Liff Choreo". www.broadway.com. 10 December 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Jeremy Gerard (9 July 2015). "Liam James & Sarah Steele Topline 'Speech & Debate' For Sycamore Pictures; Dan Harris Directing". deadline.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Smith, Matt. "When Stephen Karam Couldn't Get Cast, He Found 'Speech & Debate'" Playbill, February 4, 2017
  4. ^ "Speech and Debate". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2017.

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