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Release Date:
13 January 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Underrated masterpiece 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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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

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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:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
Stu:Barry and I worked together for over seven years and whenever you threatened him over the air, man he would stick it right back in your face. It was like his dick was flapping in the wind and he'd like to see if he could get an erection. The guy had a little dick but he liked to flap it out there. Then they cut it off, so now he's dead. I don't know if you understand my analogy but it's the clearest one I can make.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Blob (1958)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bad to the BoneSee more »

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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Underrated masterpiece, 10 February 2006
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness

"Talk Radio" is my favorite Oliver Stone movie, though he has made many great ones including "Salvador", "JFK", "Natural Born Killers" and "Platoon". But I like the intimacy of "Talk Radio", a cinematic expansion of Eric Bogosian's searing stage play that was based on a real life account of a Dallas talk show host. Working with ace cinematographer Robert Richardson, Stone turns what could have been a very set-bound exercise into a visually arresting ideological battle that presents a radio station as an arena of war. Bogosian is devastating as tortured on-air spouter of abuse Barry Champlain and conveys the conflicted, destructive nature of his character with conviction and a generous dose of self-loathing. Alec Baldwin, as his Alpha male boss, strikes the perfect note as a man driven nuts by a guy whose monstrousness he helped nurture. Ellen Greene is fantastic as Barry's sweet ex-wife who ends up becoming another target of his vicious personal vitriol. Stone and Bogosian fill every frame with interest and every line of dialog with sweet poison and cutting ambiguity. John C. McGinley, as Barry's long-suffering screener/technical producer Stu, turns in a hilarious, sharp performance, as does the great Michael Wincott. The film is a flawless, underrated masterpiece of superb writing, awesome acting and brutal, uncompromising direction. The Stewart Copeland score is brilliant, too.

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