Talk to Me (2007)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  3 August 2007 (USA)
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The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce McFee ...
Prison Sign-In Guard
Adam Gaudreau ...
Escorting Guard
Program Director
Sean MacMahon ...
Richard Chevolleau ...
Guard Captain (as Todd William Schroeder)
Sunny Jim Kelsey (as Vondie Curtis Hall)


The true life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with fellow prison inmate Milo's brother Dewey Hughes. From the first wild morning on the air, Petey relies on the more straight-laced Dewey to run interference at WOL-AM, where Dewey is the program director. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk and Sunny Jim. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling. Petey was ... Written by Focus Features

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petey Greene's Washington  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$402,000 (USA) (13 July 2007)


$4,472,823 (USA) (21 September 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


An earlier version of this film was in development in June 2000. It was to be titled "Petey Greene's Washington" and star Martin Lawrence. Greene's biographer Lurma Rackley was to write the script but contract negotiations broke down. See more »


Petey Green is hired to do a daily morning show when in reality, he only did a Sunday show on WOL. See more »


[first lines]
Petey Greene: Wake up, goddammit!
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References Petey Greene's Washington (1976) See more »


Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud
Written by James Brown and Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Loved it--Lemmons, Cheadle & Co. should get Oscars!
20 August 2007 | by (Austin, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie about Washington DC jockey Petey Greene. I had never heard of him, but Director Kasi Lemmons made such a good movie with great characters that I (as an audience member) was interested in finding out about him. Lemmons evokes the music, dress & style of the time very well, and all of the cast was great--not just Don Cheadle, but EVERYONE; as a woman, I liked how his girlfriend was portrayed as a strong woman who knew her man well (his strengths and his weaknesses). I highly recommend it, not just to hear some great period music, but to learn about someone who made a difference (at least in the lives of the people of DC). Both thumbs up! :D

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