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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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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,468,572 (USA)
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The Playboy that John C. McGinley is reading has an interview with Oliver Stone in it. See more »

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The radio station gives its identification as "KGAB in Dallas". Dallas shares its media market with Fort Worth, so all radio and television stations give their identification as being from "Dallas-Fort Worth". See more »

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Stu: You slip some testosterone into Barry's coffee?
Laura: The guy's possessed tonight. He's a little tense.
Barry: [distant shout] Get outta here!
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Bad to the Bone
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Performed by Michael Wetherwax
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An interesting film, though it could've been stronger
16 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I tend to be inclined towards movies about people who choose to cross the barriers of censorship, and express what they really want to express. Eric Bogosian's character of Barry is like Howard Stern, but much more intelligent. The character itself is very fascinating. As an Oliver Stone film, I guess I was expecting more. The film sags a bit during the third act. Plus, it's pretty obvious that "Talk Radio" is based on a play, with its long dialogue scenes. But overall, the film works. Bogosian is great in the lead, and the fact that he also wrote the play from which the movie was based on probably helped him. If you want to check out one of Stone's greater films, I better suggest you check out "JFK" or "Salvador." This is not his best work, but a good movie nonetheless.


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