Talk Radio (1988)

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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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Jeffrey Fisher / Francine
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Tony Frank ...
Harlan Jordan ...
Bill Johnson ...
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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 <>

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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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The announcer for the radio station is the voice of Chip Moody, who was the news anchor for WFAA, Dallas' ABC affiliate. See more »


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 »


Barry: Barry Champlain is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.
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The best movie you've never seen
1 February 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When you think 'Oliver Stone' the movies that come to mind would be his biggest and most controversial ones like Platoon, JFK, Born On The Fourth Of July, or Natural Born Killers. Talk Radio usually doesn't. It's a pretty small movie, actually. More than half the movie takes place with Barry Champlain at his radio station talking into his mike. But believe me, this is one of Oliver Stone's greatest movies and should NOT be missed.

Above all things it's a character study. Barry Champlain is a rude, self-destructive, risk-taking talk radio show host who says one too many things and starts to get in trouble with his boss, his lover(s), his fans, and even some Nazis. He doesn't like his audience and callers and a lot of them don't like him (eithor that or do like him, but have no idea why). But, at the end he says on his show: "I guess we're stuck with each other."

See Talk Radio, even if you don't like Oliver Stone movies. You might be surprised. I sure was.

My Rating: 10/10

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