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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:
Venue is Perfect for an Ideological Drop of 2000 Feet!!! 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:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Barry:We have a very special guest with us tonight... Kent. Say hello to everybody, Kent.
Kent:Alright!
Barry:My sentiments exactly. We've brought Kent on board to get an inside look on the future of America. Kent is the classic American youth: energetic and resourceful, spoiled, perverse, and disturbed. Would you say that's an accurate description, Kent?
Kent:Yup, sure!
Barry:Now what do you call that haircut?
Kent:I don't know... Rock and roll!
Barry:...Are you high right now Kent?
Kent:Am I high?
Barry:Are you on drugs, or is this your naturally moronic self?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References "I Love Lucy" (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Telephone & Rubber BandSee more »

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69 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Venue is Perfect for an Ideological Drop of 2000 Feet!!!, 30 October 2005
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

From the offset, I knew this was going to be a terrific movie, the pace, the cinematography, personalities indigenous to the Dallas area, the diversification of characters, not to mention the director Oliver Stone and of course Eric Bogasian...The film starts out on a Friday (suggestively occult in the first place) and begins with a radio station in Dallas that is hosting their number one talk show, The Barry Champlain Show (Based on the Talk Radio Host Alan Berg)...Barry (Eric Bogasian) is the abrasive radio talk show host and his job is such whereby it is compulsory to pontificate all of the sensationalistic nuances of the radio audience feeding into his show...He attempts to commiserate with a bunch of societal deviates turned lonely, vulnerable, obscene phone callers who have the masochistic craving to be publicly vilified, Barry Champlain is effective in coping with this precarious ilk, by socially debasing them rather than simply subjugating them to mere admonishment...New technologies serve a stigmatic purpose for the Dallas radio audience, and paramount concepts take a backseat to perversion, talk about "Baseball Scores, Orgasms and People's Pets!!"

The whole thing is a cacophony of drug-induced diatribes and a potpourri for psychopathic paranoia!! This high profile cannon fodder is something that Barry Champlain thrives on!!! The convoluted pathos, the deranged proclivities deeriving from inaneities and puveyors of pornography and the overall pop culture afflictions serve as volatile ammunition for Barry Champlain's stilted battleground!!

The setting for this movie is perfect in that there is a two thousand foot drop in terms of ideology.. In the the center of Dallas there is an overbearing sense of cosmopolitan awareness, whereby 20 miles away resides a significant chapter of the Ku Klux Klan!!...The play is based in Denver,that is where the actual story takes place, other small theater plays depict the cities of Louisville, Atlanta and Cleveland. Dallas is the city where the film takes place, I thought it was an excellent choice!!...This movie illustrates how people have a horrid and erroneous and deadly misconceptualization of the Jewish people in America, whereby they control the banks, their agenda is different than everybody else's and their intellectual literature leads to perversion!! These preconceived notions compound Barry Champlain's overall dilemma!!! Barry Champlain's personal undoing is whereby he is irascible and non-responsive to his alcoholism, and his abrasive and politically controversial nature is his ultimate undoing, this is what makes the film so believable!!

The characters in the movie were well portrayed, Dan, the tailor made for middle management hatchet man (played by Alec Baldwin) who was constantly monitoring Barry Champlain's every move!!..Laura, his girlfriend, also his producer, will constantly feel Barry is someone who is always misunderstood!! Ellen, his ex-wife, is a recipient of Barry's anguish and selfishness, but cannot quite relinquish her feelings for Barry regardless of the path of personal destruction he winds up resorting to!! The Dallas radio audience is a melting pot of socially misplaced retro-bates who are dementedly amused by their own real shortcomings!!!...In part, everybody's hang-ups including Barry Champlain's own hang-ups are what do Barry Champlain in!! His audience ogles depravity, solicits amelioration and ultimately becomes Barry Champlain's pet project for prescribed sinners!! Social culture conflicts become Barry Champlain's downfall!!

This movie is superb!! In my opinion Oliver Stone's best picture, including Platoon and Natural Born Killers..That statement in of itself tells you how magnificent a film Talk Radio is...The story consulting and acting and co-producing of Eric Bogosian is simply compelling!! The camera angles, the dialogue, the haunting character portrayals, all top notch..The cinematography of the Dallas skyline at the end of the movie is terrific!! Dallas has the dubious distinction of being deemed a mega metropolis...So now, just like Los Angeles and New York, there are crack baby cases too numerous to count, low cost housing neighborhoods from Hell and budgets cuts that will mean there will be a significant number of people who will be dead by this time next year!!!!...Dallas asserts it's status as a major metropolitan area in the precarious manner by which human debauchery prevails!! The city has it's lynching radio listeners who have given a pejorative spin to the marvel of nationwide air wave communication!! These are the culprits in the movie!! The ghoulish tabloid derelicts who want to meet the big bad wolf, and their decadent curiosity has morally obliterated "The last neighborhood in America"

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