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Talk Radio (1988)

 -  Drama  -  13 January 1989 (USA)
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A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

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An acerbic radio talk show host based in Dallas starts what could be an important few days when he discovers that his controversial late night show is about to be "picked up" by a nationwide network of radio stations. However, all is not perfect for him, because on top of troubles with his love life and fears that the management of the network will try to alter the content of his show he has to cope with a neo-nazi group who have been angered by his forthright opinions. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,468,572 (USA)
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This film marked the first time that a Baldwin brother worked with Oliver Stone. After Alec's participation, his other brothers later appeared as cameos in Born on the Fourth of July (1989). See more »

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After picking up Ellen from the airport the car that Barry is driving is in "Park." This can be seen in the shots through the windshield. See more »

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Barry: Sticks and stones can break your bones but words cause permanent damage!
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Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »

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KGAB Radio ID's
Written & Arranged by Otis Conner and Whitey Thomas
Produced by Otis Conner
Recorded at The Otis Conner Companies Studio, Dallas, Texas
Additional KGAB Music Backgrounds Provided by APM
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Interesting Character, But Not A Fun Guy
2 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this fascinating when it came out. How I would feel about it now might be different, knowing Oliver Stone's beliefs and how he likes to put them on film. Back then, I didn't care. I just looked at this as a character study of a nasty and very disturbed radio talk show host who had nutty callers and was nuts himself.

I have to warn viewers - and this has nothing to do with politics - after the riveting first 30 minutes, this lead character "Barry Champlain" (Eric Bogosian) wears thin big-time. He is so obnoxious that he makes this movie uncomfortable to watch in a number of areas. This is not fun to witness, folks, but Bogosian does a super job in the lead role.

Personally, this story is so full of anger, hatred and sordidness that I wouldn't watch it again. However, if you know all this in advance and appreciate fine acting and different kind of story, it's worth checking out. Just don't expect to be uplifted!


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