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Release Date:
13 January 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Words can kill... See more »
Plot:
A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Still one of Oliver Stone's directorial triumphs; Bogosian is captivating See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eric Bogosian ... Barry

Ellen Greene ... Ellen

Leslie Hope ... Laura

John C. McGinley ... Stu

Alec Baldwin ... Dan

John Pankow ... Dietz

Michael Wincott ... Kent / Michael / Joe
Linda Atkinson ... Sheila Fleming

Robert Trebor ... Jeffrey Fisher / Francine

Zach Grenier ... Sid Greenberg
Tony Frank ... Dino
Harlan Jordan ... Coach Armstrong
Bill Johnson ... Fan #1
Kevin Howard ... Fan #2

Anna Levine ... Woman at Basketball Game / Denise
Bruno Rubeo ... Tony
Pirie MacDonald ... Judge Willard

Allan Corduner ... Vince / Morris
Mimi Cochran ... Girl #1
Rockets Redglare ... Killer / Redneck Caller
Angus G. Wynne III ... Engineer
Chip Moody ... Announcer
David Poynter ... Engineer
Peter Zapp ... Josh / Vincent (voice)

Carl Kissin ... Glen (voice)

Park Overall ... Debbie / Agnes / Theresa (voice)
Michele Mariana ... Rhonda / Elderly Woman / Julia (voice)

Earl Hindman ... Chet / Black John / Jerry (voice)
John Seitz ... Bob (voice)
Kyle McClaran ... Arnold (voice)
Dee Pyland ... Nancy (voice)
Daniel Escobar ... Frank (voice)
William De Acutis ... John the Rapist / Ralph (voice) (as Bill DeAcutis)
Frederica Meister ... Sexy Woman (voice)
Luis Barajas ... Fred (voice)
Vernie Bailey ... Jackie (voice)

Martin Rayner ... Arnold (voice)
Alan Clark ... Larry (voice)
Moby ... Station Announcer / Newscaster (voice)
John B. Wells ... V.O. (voice)
Leigh French ... Newscaster (voice)
Walter Lynn ... Newscaster (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Theresa Bell ... Lucy (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Stone 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen Singular (book "Talked To Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg")

Eric Bogosian (play creator) &
Tad Savinar (play creator)

Eric Bogosian (play)

Eric Bogosian (screenplay) &
Oliver Stone (screenplay)

Produced by
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Diane Schneier .... associate producer
Greg Strangis .... executive producer
Sam Strangis .... executive producer
Neal Weisman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Brenner 
Joe Hutshing (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia 
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
 
Art Direction by
Milo 
 
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill 
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
 
Makeup Department
Martha Marek Beresford .... hair stylist
Sharon Ilson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jane Bartelme .... unit manager
Michael Flynn .... executive in charge of production
Clayton Townsend .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
 
Art Department
Don 'Tex' Clark .... set dresser (as Don Clark)
Chris Henry .... construction foreman
Mike Parsons .... property master
Barry Phillips .... assistant art director
Craig Pittman .... set dresser
Joe Sharber .... stand-by props
Phil Shirey .... set dresser
J. Grey Smith .... lead man (as Grey Smith)
Floyd Gentry .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Lynn Allen .... dialogue editor (as Terry Allen)
Lorna Anderson .... dialogue editor
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Neal Burger .... dialogue editor
Harry Cohen .... digital sound effects designer
Tom Dionne .... sound effects editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound designer
Avram D. Gold .... dialogue editor (as Avram Gold)
Lewis Goldstein .... dialogue editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Patrick M. Griffith .... post-production sound supervisor
Victor Grodecki .... dialogue editor
Penny Lee Hallin .... assistant dialogue editor
Kevin Hearst .... dialogue editor
Sherry Klein .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Lentz .... foley editor
Gerry Lentz .... foley recordist
Kim Maitland .... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joseph Mayer)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator
Kelly Oxford .... assistant dialogue editor
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor (as Dan Rich)
David M. Roberts .... utility sound (as David Roberts)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Ann Scibelli .... sound effects editor
R. Russell Smith .... sound effects editor (as Rusty Smith)
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Toback .... sound effects editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Jeff Vaughn .... foley editor
Jeff Vaughn .... foley recordist
Jeff Timbs .... daily sound transferer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Dyan Traynor .... effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sharon Alley .... second assistant camera
Jerry G. Callaway .... aerial photographer
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip (as Mark Davis)
Jonathan D. Guerra .... electrician (as Jon Guerra)
Johnny Gutierrez .... rigging electrician
John Johns .... video playback operator
Steve Lang .... grip
Fred L. McLane .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Fred McLane)
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... gaffer
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit (as Phil Pfeiffer)
Toby Phillips .... Steadicam operator
Bill Pierson .... dolly grip
David Rudd .... first assistant camera
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Frank Scheidbach .... best boy
John Shoemaker .... electrician
John Patrick Smith .... camera trainee (as Patrick Smith)
Peter J. Verrando .... 24 frame video operator (as Pete Verrando)
Sean Cohen .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark A. Hatley .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Matthew W. Davis .... casting assistant
Ed Johnston .... casting: Texas
Carl Scaglione .... casting assistant: Texas
Katherine Venti .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara B. Baker .... wardrobe assistant (as Barbara Baker)
Sawnie Baldridge .... costume supervisor (as Sawnie Baldridge Smith)
Stephen M. Chudej .... costumer (as Stephen Chudej)
Mayes C. Rubeo .... assistant to costume designer (as Mayes Castillero de Rubeo)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... additional negative cutter
Jana Carroll .... apprentice editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Michele Perrone .... assistant editor (as Michelle Perrone)
Melody Platt .... apprentice editor
Marcelo Sansevieri .... assistant editor
Pietro Scalia .... assistant editor
Emmy Scharlatt .... assistant editor
Amy Urema .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Nicola Freegard .... music coordinator (as Niki Freegard)
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Jeff Seitz .... music co-producer
Jeff Seitz .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Alvin Milliken .... driver (as Alvin Milliken Jr.)
Billy Milliken .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Bill Abbott .... key technical advisor
Judith Lee Berg .... consultant
David Bradstreet .... production assistant: Los Angeles
David A. Brink .... production assistant (as David Brink)
Billy Crawford .... film courier
Elon Dershowitz .... assistant: Edward R. Pressman
Cindy Fairfield .... studio manager
Catherine M. Griffin .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Robert Grindrod .... assistant auditor
Sandy Hollis .... craft service
Andrea Jaffe .... publicist
Myra Lebo .... office staff executive assistant: Pressman Films, Los Angeles
Deborah Lupard .... key production assistant
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Lisa Mashburn .... bookkeeper: Los Angeles
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Sandra Maltz Saccio .... production secretary: Pressman films, Los Angeles (as Sandra Maltz)
Elisabeth Seldes .... assistant: Oliver Stone
Christina Stauffer .... production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein .... auditor
Elizabeth Stone .... spiritual advisor: Naijo No Ko
Leeann Stonebreaker .... production coordinator
Layne Teaff .... production assistant
Art Tizon .... office coordinator: Los Angeles
Peter J. Verrando .... technician: broadcast electronics (as Pete Verrando)
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Anath White .... technical advisor
Mike Childress .... stage manager (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
110 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (1989-2005) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John C. McGinley, known as the most frequent acting collaborator of Oliver Stone, had also appeared in the theatrical presentation of Eric Bogosian's play.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Barry:It's just one big rock video, eh Kent?
Kent:Yeah!
[laughs]
Kent:[Both are silent for a moment] Well, go on, Bear... it's your show.
Barry:[after a pause] Yeah, that it is, that it is, it's my show.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clerks. (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Disco InfernoSee more »

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Still one of Oliver Stone's directorial triumphs; Bogosian is captivating, 10 August 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

In one of the more under-seen films of the late 1980's, at a time when Oliver Stone was riding high with Platoon and Wall Street (and before his opus Born on the Fourth of July), he co-scripted and directed this look at the world of radio, specifically one radio host in the middle of Texas. This man is Barry Champlain, in a once-in-a-career turn from Eric Bogosian, who wrote the original play and also co-wrote the script. Barry is like a mix of Howard Stern and one of those pundits you hear on the radio stations many of us might turn off. He's got ideas on his mind, opinions, and he's not only un-afraid to speak them, but also to stand up against the phone callers. The callers, indeed, are the driving force in the film, as Barry has to combat against the mindless, the obscene, the racist, and the purely absent-minded. As this goes on, he also has to contend with his boss (Alec Baldwin) and a hit or miss deal to go nationwide, outside the confines of the Southern way station he's in.

While after seeing the film I felt curious as to see how it would've been done on stage (I'd imagine it was a one-man show, as Bogosian has had several on the side), the direction of the film is phenomenal. Stone has been known, almost typecast, as a director who loves quick cuts, the limitless effects of montage, and effects with the styles of camera-work and other little tricks, that give his films in the 90's a distinctive, almost auteur look. But in the 80's he had this energy and feverish quality to the look of the film, and wasn't as frenzied as the other films. In order to add the proper intensity that is within the studio and head-space of Barry Champlain, he and DP Robert Richardson make the space seem claustrophobic at times, gritty, un-sure, and definitely on edge. The scenes in the middle of the film, when Barry isn't in the studio, are fairly standard, but the style along with the substance in the radio scenes is among the best I've seen from the Stone/Richardson combination.

And one cannot miscalculate the performance of Bogosian, who can be obnoxious, offensive, angered, passive, and everything that we love and hate in radio show hosts. There is also a funny, near distracting supporting role for Michael Wincott as Kent/Michael/Joe, who prank calls him one night, and the next gets invited to the studio. These scenes are a little uncomfortable for a viewer, but it does get very much into the subculture head-space of the 80's that Barry is as intrigued as he is critical of. The stoner may not 'get it', but as he says to him "it's your show". Indeed, it's hard to cover everything that goes on within the talk, and there is a lot of it. But it's never boring, and like Champlain himself, it's not easy to ignore. And when Bogosian goes into his climactic tirade on air, with the background panning around in a continuous 360 spin, it becomes intoxicating, and a reason why freedom of speech is so powerful.

Stone has been synonymous as a filmmaker of hot-button issues, who takes on subjects that were or still are controversial, and gives them a life-force that isn't always great, but is all his own. Here his skills and ambitions don't get in the way of Bogosian's- it's boosted, if anything, making an extremely skilled vision of what is essentially a near one-man show, which in and of itself is already well-written.

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