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Talk Radio (1988)

R | | Drama | 13 January 1989 (USA)
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)

Gross USA:

$3,468,572
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Trivia

In his research for this film version, actor Eric Bogosian often watched the on-air production of Tom Leykis' talk show, then originating from Los Angeles station KFI. Bogosian's fictional character in the film shares many speech patterns and mannerisms with real-life talker Leykis. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Barry expresses anger that his producer isn't putting through more interesting callers. He's supposed to be reading examples from the computer screen that displays a list of callers on hold and the subjects they're calling about, but when we see the screen, some of the callers he says he'd like to talk to aren't listed. See more »

Quotes

Kent: YOU DON'T GET IT, WIMP? HERE'S WHAT YOU GET! YOU GET $1.59 AND YOU GO DOWN TO THE DRUG STORE! BUY YOURSELF A PACK OF RAZOR BLADES AND SLASH YOUR FUCKING WRISTS, PINHEAD!
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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Telephone & Rubber Band
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (as The Penguin Cafe Orchestra)
Courtesy of E.G. Records
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An interesting film, though it could've been stronger
16 February 2005 | by 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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