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Straight Talk (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 April 1992 (USA)
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A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host.

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Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and as her popularity grows a local reporter starts digging for the truth. Problem is, the more he is around her the more he fancies her. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Dreams do come true...sometimes. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for mild language and sex related dialogue, and momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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3 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Famosa por error  »

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$21,202,099 (USA)
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The TV advertisements specifically promoted this film as a "date movie" for male-female couples. "Real people" were interviewed outside early screenings, with each of the women commenting on how their husbands loved the picture and loved Dolly Parton. This strategy failed to take off, however, as "Straight Talk" garnered mainly an audience of women and Parton's devotees. See more »

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When Jack drops Shirlee off after their date, they pull up in front of her hotel. In the background we see a sign for a cafe that says Open 24 Hours. If you look closely, you can see that the interior of the cafe is completely dark, indicating that it is closed. See more »

Quotes

'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: How's your daughter?
Phil: She's back in school and doing really well thanks to you, Dr. Shirlee.
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: I'm just Shirlee now.
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'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: I'm just Shirlee now!
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References Let's Make Love (1960) See more »

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Burning
Written by Dolly Parton and Bill Owens
Performed by Dolly Parton
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Quentin Tarantino... listen up
6 August 2005 | by (Berkeley) – See all my reviews

An unlikely pair of actors, James Woods and Dolly Parton prove to be well cast, and their performances raise the level of the movie above the limits of the script. Woods is always good, but Dolly Parton is remarkable. Why don't we have more movies with her? This woman is so talented it breaks your heart.

Woods is the kind of brainy actor who has worked with so many prestige directors, it only raises my esteem for him that he took on this assignment with Parton. I'd like to believe he recognized the value of Dolly's screen persona and wanted to share in the light she brings to every project.

I was thinking that James Woods is the only actor to star opposite both Dolly Parton and Sharon Stone (well, there is one other brand name actor who's done that -- know who?).

My hope is that some day Dolly gets re-discovered through a Sundance project. Or maybe Quentin Tarantino will decide to film a ketchup-free love story and give Dolly the break she deserves. Hey, QT, you were born in Tennessee, right? Give Dolly a call...


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