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Straight Talk (1992)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Russell
Alan Riegert
Guy Girardi
Dr. Erdman
Milo Jacoby
Gene Perlman
Zim Zimmerman


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Once Upon A Lifetime Comedy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Famosa por error  »

Box Office


$21,202,099 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Livingston's feature film debut See more »


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 »


Valet: [Arrives with her car keys] You're the pink Mercedes?
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: No, I'm Shirlee Kenyon. I drive a pink Mercedes.
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References Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »


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Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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Predictably fun movie
27 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that does what it's supposed to do. Entertain! Forget the simple plot where a regular person (Dolly Parton) gets by with sheer charm and falls into a bed of roses with a few thorns along the way. An abusive boyfriend (Michael Madsen) a cantankerous city guy (James Woods) and a neurotic program director Griffin Dunne) with all kinds of great character actors like Philip Bosco, Jerry Orbach, Teri Hatcher and Charles Fleischer. Dolly is an instant success as a talk show host who really isn't a doctor in the city of Chicago after having left Arkansas behind. Yes, it's predictable but so is a ride to Disneyland and you still enjoy the ride on the roller coaster. Dolly is as charismatic as always and looks damn fine to boot, or maybe I should say she's "pertier than a basket of kittens at Christmas time." James Woods is as much fun as he always is in a movie and his roughness palys well against Dolly's folksiness. So buckle yourself in and enjoy the ride.

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