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Talk to Me (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 January 1984 (USA)
Richard, a successful New York accountant whose idea of exercise is to go to the movies and to whom Central Park is the great outdoors, hasn't exactly taken life by the horns. He has a ... See full summary »

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Richard Patterson
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Barbara Eda-Young ...
Tippy O'Shea
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Julian Howard
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Richard's mother
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Dr. Ronald Webster
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State Trooper
Katina Commings ...
Miss Cottrell
Alvin Henry ...
Lloyd Bell
Karen Howard ...
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Andrew Kovacs
Scott Simon ...
Brandon Patterson / Young Richard Patterson
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Men's Store Salesman
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Richard, a successful New York accountant whose idea of exercise is to go to the movies and to whom Central Park is the great outdoors, hasn't exactly taken life by the horns. He has a chronic stuttering problem and has caused great exhaustion and strife for him. After trying a number of different therapies (unsuccessfully) to alleviate his condition, he decides to enter the real-life Hollins Institute, an actual treatment center devoted to the research and cure for stuttering. With the help of a kind, devoted doctor and an attractive, younger fellow-patient, Richard goes on a journey to overcome his condition and his inner-demons. Written by Anonymous

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Barbara Eda-Young's first film in 11 years. See more »

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After-school Special for Grown-ups
8 January 2010 | by (Portland,OR) – See all my reviews

This is a sweet, if dated and slightly corny, film about behaviorally oriented stuttering therapy. Austin Pendleton was (and I suppose remains) a real-life stutterer who went through therapy similar to that depicted in the film.

I wish the film had extrapolated more on the therapy techniques used to treat stutterers. A moving and tearful speech made by Dan Shor's character Julian near the end would have been even more effective if we had seen some of his breakthroughs. But for a low-budget venture produced by the Hollins Communications Research Institute--a mirror image of the institute depicted in the film--Talk to Me serves as a touching and educational account of stuttering therapy in the early 80's.


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