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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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?


In the scene during Petey Greene's first day on WOL he mentions that his father was serving a 21 year sentence on Alcatraz Island Federal Prison. This couldn't be true because the year in that scene was 1966. Alcatraz closed down in March 1963. See more »


During a WOL staff meeting, the DJ line-up is said to include Nighthawk and "Soul Poppa". The late night DJ at that time was Fred "Soul Finger" Correy. See more »


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


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Written by Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T & The MG's)
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Great performances, great evolution...
24 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well done! This movie hooks you initially with its comedy, but then evolves into a serious look at not only race relations, but every individual's struggle to define him/herself. Don Cheadle is so spot-on that it's easy to think it was an effortless role for him, but that would be shortchanging the man for his talents. But the real bonus of the film for me was discovering the supporting actors -- I had never heard of Chiwetel Ejiofor or Taraji Henson before, but, boy, I'll be looking for them now. And if all else fails, the soundtrack for this movie was more than worth the ticket price! Kudos to Kasi Lemmons, the cast and crew!

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