Talk Radio (1988)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Atkinson ...
Sheila Fleming
Jeffrey Fisher / Francine
Sid Greenberg
Tony Frank ...
Harlan Jordan ...
Bill Johnson ...
Fan #1
Kevin Howard ...
Fan #2
Woman at Basketball Game / Denise


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Vozes da Ira  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


$3,468,572 (USA)

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Michael Wincott also played the role of Kent in the stage version. See more »


During the flashback sequence, a Pepsi can with a tapered rim is seen on Jeff Fisher's desk. Dialogue sets the scene during the Carter administration (1977-81), but beverage cans with the tapered design weren't introduced until 1987, around the time the movie was filmed. See more »


Barry: And so, beginning Monday night, this show, Night Talk, begins national broadcasting. That means the nation is listening. You better have something to say. I know I do.
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Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »


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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Hugely ignored classic
8 January 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have seen it a few times and get completely glued to it every time. It is very suspenseful and intense. To describe it sounds boring but it is amazing. It is the kind of movie where you need can't miss a thing, but if you soak it in it sticks with you long after it ends. Now thinking about it I don't even know what Stone was trying to make us see. Just the story of Alan Green? I don't think so. It was a look at ignorance, stupidity, self-absorption, and a guy just loosing his grip. Maybe he had more grip than the listeners though. I didn't like Barry but still seemed worried about him for some reason. I was perplexed at why I couldn't get him out of my mind when the movie ended. I wish I could see inside Olive Stone's mind for this one.

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