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Talk to Me

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2007
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • 113 mins
  • 15

Summary

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The chemistry between lead actors Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor lights up this vibrant biopic about ex-con Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, who became an iconic radio DJ in 1960s Washington DC. In the hands of director Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou) the story of Greene (Cheadle) evolves into an emotionally rewarding journey, from his hustling a morning slot at a conservative radio station and becoming a shock jock sensation, to defusing street riots in the aftermath of the Martin Luther King assassination - the DJ's defining moment and the movie's highlight. It's when programme director Dewey Hughes (Ejiofor) tries to broaden his appeal into national celebrity that it all comes unstuck. What makes this superb portrait of a self-destructive free spirit work equally well beyond the magnetic performances is the director's sociopolitical sensitivities, their placement against the turbulent civil rights backdrop of the era and a clear understanding of the rise in "Black Is Beautiful" culture that followed. The classic soul music soundtrack couldn't be bettered either.

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Credits

Cast

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Ralph Waldo "Petey" GreeneDon Cheadle
Dewey HughesChiwetel Ejiofor
"Nighthawk" Bob TerryCedric the Entertainer
Vernell WatsonTaraji P Henson
Milo HughesMike Epps
EG SonderlingMartin Sheen
Sunny Jim KelseyVondie Curtis-Hall

Crew

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DirectorKasi Lemmons

Details

Theatrical distributor
Verve Pictures
Released on
2007-11-23
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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