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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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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KGAB's radio tower is shown to be in Downtown Dallas. Most radio stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are in Cedar Hill, in between Dallas and Fort Worth. While there are exceptions depending on the power of the radio station, if KGAB were as large a station as depicted, its tower would be in Cedar Hill. See more »


Dan: What you are, Barry, is a fuckin' suit salesman with a big mouth. Let's call a spade a spade.
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PC it ain't
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Oliver Stone is not one to shy away from a movie or theme for that matter. He is eager to confront people with their fears or show them their ugly faces in the mirror. Look on his CV for proof! This movie is not an exception, quite on the contrary, it is another gem, that unfortunately not many have seen.

As controversial movies go, this is one that you should be thankful for. A movie that should encourage you to think about you, the people next to you. The prejudices that do exist and that everyone of us has in one form or another. Either we like to admit it or not, but it is easier to categorize people and be like "Ah he's 'xyz', yeah he must be like ...". Now I might be reading too much into it, but I don't believe that. I believe that Oliver Stone is a very intelligent filmmaker and that he was aiming for those things. And if that's something you want to explore (as a movie or within yourself), than watch this film and be excited!

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