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Straight Talk -- A telephone operator's life changes when she innocently walks through a wrong door at the right time and is mistakenly identified as the station's new on-air psychologist.


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Writers (WGA):
Craig Bolotin (story)
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Release Date:
3 April 1992 (USA) See more »
Dreams do come true...sometimes. See more »
A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dolly Parton ... Shirlee Kenyon

James Woods ... Jack Russell

Griffin Dunne ... Alan Riegert

Michael Madsen ... Steve

Deirdre O'Connell ... Lily

John Sayles ... Guy Girardi

Teri Hatcher ... Janice

Spalding Gray ... Dr. Erdman

Jerry Orbach ... Milo Jacoby
Amy Morton ... Ann

Philip Bosco ... Gene Perlman

Charles Fleischer ... Tony

Keith MacKechnie ... Gordon

Jay Thomas ... Zim Zimmerman

Paula Newsome ... Ellen
Ralph Foody ... Desk Clerk
Robin Eurich ... Bill

Jeff Garlin ... Bob

Paul Dinello ... Casey

Barnet Kellman ... TV Director
Robert Kurcz ... Phil

Ray Toler ... Man at Strip Joint
Michael Oppenheimer ... Maitre D'
Michael Jeffrey Woods ... Photographer

Tom Amandes ... Waiter
James Spinks ... Bartender
Greg Sobieski ... Bartender
Scott Benjaminson ... Valet
Tom Webb ... Newscaster
Peter Sova ... Cabbie

Alan Wilder ... Snake Man

Roger Christiansen ... Technical Director
Mary Ann Thebus ... Waitress

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese ... Girl
Dana Lubotsky ... Girl

Becky Wahlstrom ... Girl
Tony Judge ... Officer
Susan Philpot ... Librarian
Dionne Lynn Nosek ... P.A.
Kate Buddeke ... Tina

Tracy Letts ... Sean

Jane Lynch ... Gladys
Anthony Cannata ... Bud
Joyce Hiller Piven ... Joan

Lorenzo Clemons ... Mr. Isaacs

Ron Livingston ... Soldier
Ray Friedeck ... Mr. Polonsky
Etel Billig ... Thelma

Irma P. Hall ... Ethel
Gilmary Doyle ... Fan
Jack Walsh ... Guard

Susan Messing ... Make-up Woman
Simona Ferraro ... Reporter
John Gegenhuber ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lisa Marie Ackel ... Dental Hygienist (uncredited)

Suzy Brack ... Date at Restaurant (uncredited)

Peter Alun Thomas ... Baseball catcher (uncredited)
Alberto Viruena ... Man (uncredited)

Chuck Wagner ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Barnet Kellman 
Writing credits
Craig Bolotin (story)

Craig Bolotin (screenplay) and
Patricia Resnick (screenplay)

Produced by
Carol Baum .... executive producer
Fred Berner .... producer
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Lynn Hendee .... associate producer
Howard Rosenman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova 
Film Editing by
Michael Tronick 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Barbara Cohen 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Townsend 
Art Direction by
Michael Perry  (as Michael T. Perry)
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May  (as Daniel L. May)
Costume Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen  (as Jodie Tillen)
Makeup Department
Hallie D'Amore .... makeup department head
Deborah La Mia Denaver .... hair stylist: Mr. Woods
Deborah La Mia Denaver .... makeup artist: Mr. Woods
Henri Marie-Caillot .... hair stylist: Ms. Parton
Linda Melazzo .... makeup artist (as Linda V. Melazzo)
Cheryl Riddle .... hair stylist
Production Management
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager: second unit, Illinois
Joseph P. Kane .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Hammer .... second unit director: Georgia
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director
Normann Pokorny .... second second assistant director
John L. Roman .... second assistant director
Jeffrey Townsend .... second unit director: Illinois
Art Department
Paul V. Allen Sr. .... gang boss (as Paul Allen)
Ross F. Aseron .... art department coordinator
Daniel B. Clancy .... leadman
Cliff Hallerud .... construction foreman
Karen Lee Holley .... property master (as Karen Holley)
Kalina Ivanov .... illustrator
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser
Tom Osman .... laborer
Troy Osman .... construction foreman
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Dara Waxman .... set dresser (as Dara Lauren Waxman)
Suzan Wexler .... set designer
Amie McCarthy Winn .... assistant property master (as Amie McCarthy)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Cindy Fret .... assistant sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
David Hagberg .... sound editor (as David Lee Hagberg)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley mixer (as Gary Hecker)
Fred Judkins .... supervising sound editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Jonathan Klein .... adr editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nicholas Korda)
James Matheny .... sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jimmy Moriana)
Patrick Paul Mullane .... assistant sound editor
Larry Pitman .... dubbing recordist
Bob Ryan .... boom operator (as Robert E. Ryan)
Mary Ruth Smith .... sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound editor
Scott R. Thomson .... cable person
Renee Tondelli .... supervising adr editor (as Renée Tondelli)
Mark A. Tracy .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Glenn Williams .... sound mixer
Dean A. Zupancic .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dean Zupancic)
Special Effects by
Guy Clayton Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Frank P. Calzavara .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator: second unit (as Rick LeFervour)
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts (as Kay H. Whipple)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Beaird .... key grip: second unit, Georgia
Alphonse Blumenthal .... best boy electric
Eugene F. Crededio .... chief lighting technician (as Gino Crededio)
Alec Hirschfeld .... camera operator: second unit, Georgia
John Hudecek .... gaffer: second unit, Illinois
Alessi Jeff .... electrician
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette Jr.)
Bradley T. Matthys .... dolly grip
Mark E. Matthys .... best boy grip
William McConnell .... first assistant camera
James O. Oakes .... grip (as James Oakes)
Troy Osman .... grip
Brad Ruby .... first assistant camera: second unit, Illinois
Timothy Sheffer .... assistant camera: second unit, Georgia (as Tim Sheffer)
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Alan Thatcher .... director of photography: second unit, Illinois
John Waldo .... second assistant camera (as John A. Waldo)
Paolo Cascio .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater director of photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandra Grand .... casting associate: Chicago
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... key costume supervisor
Carolyn Schraut-Barczak .... wardrobe supervisor (as Carolyn Schraut Barczak)
Shirlee Strahm .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ken Blackwell .... first assistant editor
Tristan M. Brighty .... apprentice editor (as Tristan Brighty)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Dan Schalk .... apprentice editor (as Don Schalk)
Debra L. Tennant .... apprentice editor
Maura Walsh .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... music scoring mixer
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Brad Fiedel .... orchestrator
Dolly Parton .... original songs written & performed by
Tim Rice .... song consultant
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Jeffery C.J. Vanston .... music arranger: songs (as Jeffery 'C.J.' Vanston)
Patty von Arx .... assistant music editor (as Patty Von Arx)
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Russ Kunkel .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Hogan .... transportation coordinator
William J. Hogan .... transportation captain
J.L. Parker .... transportation coordinator: second unit, Georgia
Other crew
Brenda Bos .... assistant: Mr. Keller
Wendy Brokaw .... production assistant
Robert Cable .... production assistant
Gina Cascino .... location manager: second unit, Georgia (as Gina Gascino)
Julie Chandler .... script supervisor: second unit, Illinois (as Julia A. Chandler)
Demetra Diamantopoulos .... location manager: second unit, Illinois
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer
Julie Golden .... production assistant
Barbara Gutman .... production accountant
Alan Haft .... assistant: Mr. Woods
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (as Harold Hauss)
West Humphries .... caterer
Lori Imbler .... assistant: Mr. Chartoff
Sharon Kaczala .... production secretary
Kevin Kane .... production assistant
Ben Kellman .... production assistant
Mark Kiracofe .... assistant: Ms. Parton
James J. Klekowski .... assistant location manager
Rock LeRoy .... caterer
Ben M. Lewis .... production assistant
Pat Lydon .... location manager (as Patricia D. Lydon)
Mac Newbury .... unit publicist (as Mack Newberry)
Mark Niedelson .... production assistant
Jean O'Sullivan .... assistant: Mr. Chartoff
Judy Ogle .... assistant: Ms. Parton
Michael Lee Phillips Jr. .... key production assistant (as Michael 'Nubs' Phillips)
Judith Pritchard .... production coordinator (as Judy Pritchard)
Mark Phillip Raff .... production assistant
Donald Rasmussen .... production assistant
Jeff Richman .... production assistant
Carla Kitty Sacks .... assistant: Mr. Berner
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Donna L. Shreve .... extras coordinator
Cindy Slattery .... production assistant
Michael D. Starcevich .... production assistant
Frank Vivacqua .... production assistant
Judith Walder .... payroll accountant
Donald H. Walker .... assistant accountant
Laurel Wolowic .... production assistant
Mark Anthony Besozzi .... stand-in: Griffen Dunne (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild language and sex related dialogue, and momentary sensuality
91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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A 1981 episode of the TV series WKRP entitled "Ask Jennifer" had almost the same storyline. WKRP's buxom blonde receptionist, Jennifer Marlowe, fills in unexpectedly for the station's newly hired call-in host. She's a natural and becomes a big hit. Against her wishes, she's talked into continuing until a replacement is found. All goes well until she gives a caller advice that has unintended consequences.See more »
Continuity: When Shirlee is on the Zim Zimmerman show, Zim asks her if she thinks her advice could potentially be harmful. When she is responding, the camera operator is seen walking closer to allow the camera to zoom in on her. Yet when the scene cuts to the control room, the cameras on Shirlee are all steady, not zooming in.See more »
Jack Russell:[During the seduction scene he drops her bra] Holy Moley!
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon:Is that all you can say?
Jack Russell:[softer and slower] Holy Moley!
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon:[Giggles]
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon:[Scene cuts to them lying in bed] Holy Moley!
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
More going for it than you might think, 11 July 2002
Author: Boyo-2

Dolly starts out working at a dance hall but gets fired by her boss (played by John Sayles) and is sick of her abusive boyfriend (Michael Madsen) so she leaves for Chicago with his bowling ball.

Through a highly improbable set of circumstances, she becomes a radio 'therapist'; it comes easy to her since she's thoughtful, has common sense and some down-home charm. Soon she has a national following as 'Dr. Shirley.'

Soon she has James Woods' reporter following her around. He smells a story and thinks she might be a fake but cannot prove it. He also falls for her.

Comedy is supplied by Griffin Dunne's maniac/radio station exec, a very funny scene with Dr. Shirley on a talk show, and the chemistry between James Woods & Dolly Parton, two actors you might not think of in the same galaxy but who work together very well.

Small movie has a lot going for it. 7/10.

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