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Talk to Me -- Ex-convict Greene talks his way into an on-air radio gig with program director Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and his unprecedented "tell it like it is" style breaks all the rules while electrifying a city and bringing a nation together when it needs it the most.
Talk to Me -- 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.
Talk to Me -- Behind the scenes: Cheadle as Green
Talk to Me -- Interview: Martin Sheen "On Sonderling's first impression of Petey"
Talk to Me -- Interview: Taraji P. Henson "On her character"


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Never underestimate a man with something to say. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Don Cheadle ... Petey Greene

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Dewey Hughes
Bruce McFee ... Prison Sign-In Guard

Mike Epps ... Milo Hughes

Peter MacNeill ... Warden Cecil Smithers
Adam Gaudreau ... Escorting Guard

Taraji P. Henson ... Vernell Watson

Cedric the Entertainer ... 'Nighthawk' Bob Terry

Martin Sheen ... E.G. Sonderling

J. Miles Dale ... Program Director
Sean MacMahon ... Ronnie Simmons
Richard Chevolleau ... Poochie Braxton

Martin Randez ... Hadley

Todd Schroeder ... Guard Captain (as Todd William Schroeder)

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Sunny Jim Kelsey (as Vondie Curtis Hall)

Jeff Kassel ... WOL P.A.
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Freda

Johnie Chase ... Bar Patron 1

Eugene Clark ... Bar Patron 2

Benz Antoine ... Bar Patron 3
Warren Alan Young ... Bartender

Elle Downs ... Peaches

Ngozi Paul ... Susan
Malik McCall ... Rioter

Matt Birman ... Business Man
Herbert Rawlins ... James Brown (as Herbert L. Rawlings Jr.)

Vicky Lambert ... Backup Singer #1
Mantee Murphy ... Backup Singer #2
Josh McLaughlin ... TV News Anchor
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Charles Sumner
Damir Andrei ... Fred De Cordova

Jim Annan ... Tonight Show P.A.
Donald James Malmberg ... Johnny Carson (as Jim Malmberg)
David Brown ... Jail Guard (as Dave Brown)

Robert J. Tavenor ... Engineer (as Robert Tavenor)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nadège August ... Caller (voice) (uncredited)

Tennille Byrd ... Protestor (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bette Midler ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Towanda Underdue ... Charity Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Kasi Lemmons 
Writing credits
Michael Genet (screenplay) and
Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay)

Michael Genet (story)

Produced by
Don Cheadle .... executive producer
J. Miles Dale .... executive producer
Joe Fries .... producer
Mark Gordon .... producer
William Horberg .... executive producer
Sidney Kimmel .... producer
Josh McLaughlin .... producer
Joey Rappa .... executive producer
Bruce Toll .... executive producer
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Fontaine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
Casting by
Robin D. Cook 
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Warren Alan Young 
Art Direction by
Patrick Banister 
Set Decoration by
Patricia Cuccia 
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks  (as Cal Loucks)
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
Makeup Department
Mary Aaron .... makeup artist: New York (as Mary R. Aaron)
Lydia Bensimmon .... hair stylist: Washington DC (as Lydia Bensimmon-Benaim)
Mario Cacioppo .... assistant makeup artist (as Mario G. Cacioppo)
Renee Chan .... assistant hair stylist
Rhosael Ciandre .... assistant hair stylist
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist: New York (as Mary Cook)
Donna Gliddon .... wig maker
Etheline Joseph .... key hair stylist
Allison Mondesir .... co-key hair stylist
Sandra Wheatle .... key makeup artist
Victoria Wood .... wigs
Geralyn Wraith .... second assistant makeup artist
Debi Young .... makeup artist: Washington DC
Sherri Bramlett .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Ngozi Olandu .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Janice Tunnell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dennis Chapman .... production manager
Paulette D. Clark .... assistant production manager: New York (as Paulette Clark)
Katherine Dorrer .... production supervisor: Washington DC
Carol Flaisher .... production supervisor: Washington DC
Elizabeth Fox .... post-production supervisor
Aaron Merrell .... director of production: SKE (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
J. Miles Dale .... second unit director: Washington DC
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Rodney 'Bear' Jackson .... second second assistant director: New York (as Bear Jackson)
Alison C. Rosa .... second assistant director: Washington DC (as Alison Rosa)
Charles Zalben .... second assistant director: New York
Timothy Blockburger .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Timothy Blockburger .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Anna Kemp .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Stephanie Lovell .... second second assistant director: Washington DC (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Bentley .... set dresser
Lloyd Brown .... set decoration buyer
Carlos Caneca .... lead set dresser
Carl Catanese .... set decorator: Washington DC
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau .... construction coordinator (as J.P. Charbonneau)
Greg Chown .... storyboard artist
Jonathan Davis .... art apprentice
Avril Dishaw .... set decoration buyer
Donavon Drummond .... on-set dresser
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
Jennifer Heimpel .... assistant art director
Jacqui Hemingway .... head scenic artist
Sam Hudecki .... art department apprentice
Norman Kelner .... on-set painter
Elena Kenney .... set decoration buyer
Kristina Kilpe .... assistant props: Washington DC (as Kristina M. Kilpe)
Jonathan Kovacs .... assistant property master
Kevin Ladson .... property master: New York
Sabri Lariani .... head carpenter
Scott Lyons .... graphic designer (as D. Scott Lyons)
Linda McClelland .... set decoration buyer
Brenda McClennin .... props buyer
Kevin McCullagh .... assistant head carpenter
Jeffrey A. Melvin .... lead set dresser (as Jeff Melvin)
Melissa Morgan .... key scenic artist
Derek Noel .... head painter
H. Nancy Pak .... art department coordinator
Henry Piersig .... lead set dresser (as Henry Persig)
Vic Rigler .... property master
Mila Rolicz .... assistant head painter
Stephen G. Shifflette .... leadman: Washington DC (as Steve Shiffette)
Douglas Slater .... assistant art director (as Doug Slater)
Bob Spore .... property master: Washington DC
Zachary Vero .... assistant head carpenter
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound re-recordist
Pembrooke Andrews .... sound editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Jeremy Balko .... sound mixer
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Mike Filippov .... music playback
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Jim Gilchrist .... sound mixer: Washington DC
Dan Guachione .... boom operator
Ivan Hawks .... cable puller: Washington DC (as Ivan Hawkes)
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Lawrence Loewinger .... sound recordist: New York
Paul Longstaffe .... sound editor
Jeff Malham .... re-recording engineer
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Lorenzo Millan .... boom operator: Washington DC
Jay Nierenberg .... sound designer
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Todd Niesen .... sound editor
Jason Oliver .... ProTools adr recordist
Rick Polanco .... assistant sound editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Stuart Provine .... sound designer
Adam Ridge .... boom operator
Aaron J. Rudelson .... boom operator: New York (as Aaron Rudelson)
Moshe Saadon .... cable puller
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist (as Vicky O'Reilly Vandegrift)
Bryan Jerden .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator: Performance Solutions (as John G. Laforet)
David Reaume .... special effects technician
Thad Whitley .... dental prosthetics
Skyler Wilson .... key special effects: Performance Solutions (as Skyler T. Wilson)
Visual Effects by
Tanja Boening .... digital compositor
Rubina Cokar .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Adrian Colbert .... digital intermediate scanner: Modern Video Film
Steve Danhieux .... digital imaging: Modern Video Film
Rob Del Ciancio .... lead compositor
Anand Dorairaj .... digital compositor
Carl Jacobson .... digital imaging: Modern Video Film
Karen McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
Peter Moc .... digital imaging: Modern Video Film
Jean-Philippe Traoré .... digital compositor
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Fiona Campbell Westgate .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects executive producer: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Cyril Frederick Chu .... texture painter (uncredited)
Zachary J. Gans .... visual effects production assistant: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Colin Hui .... crowd simulation technical director: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Matt Jones .... digital artist: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
John J. Miralles .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Darcy Reno .... senior systems administrator (uncredited)
David Singer .... digital producer: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Colin Walcott .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Colin Withers .... senior technical supervisor: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Brad Bunn .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunts
Errol Gee .... stunts
Howard Green .... stunts
Curtis Hibbert .... stunts
Rogue Johnston .... stunts
Brent Jones .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator
Kelly Jones .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Anthony McRae .... stunts
Moses Nyarko .... stunts
Dayo Odesanya .... stunts
Mac Jeffrey Ong .... stunts (as Jeffrey Ong)
Daryl Patchett .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts (as Edward Queffelec)
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Steve 'Shack' Shackleton .... stunts (as Steve Shackleton)
Peter Yan .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey Michael Adams .... grip (as Jeff Adams)
Kevin Alanthwaite .... gaffer
Mark Beauchamp .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Andy Bell .... electrician
John Billeci .... best boy electric: New York
Sarah Brandes .... camera loader: Washington DC (as Sarah A. Brandes)
Carlo Campana .... grip
Murdoch Campbell .... camera operator: Washington DC
Morgan Carpenter .... generator operator
John Clifford .... still photographer: Washington DC
Gilles Corbeil .... Steadicam operator
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator
Sean Dawes .... rigging best boy electric (as A. Sean Dawes)
Heather Donald .... camera loader: Halifax
Mark Dufour .... rigging best boy grip
Tony Eldridge .... lamp operator
Steve Ferrier .... lamp operator
Ron Forward .... dolly grip
Rusty Gardner .... video assist operator: Washington DC
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
John Glasser .... grip: New York
William J. Gray .... first assistant camera: Washington DC (as William Gray)
Carl Hamilton .... grip: Washington DC (as Carl P. Hamilton)
R.L. Hannah .... lamp operator
Kenny Harris .... grip: Washington DC (as Kenneth H. Harris)
Brian Heller .... director of photography: Washington DC
Tim Hennessy .... second assistant camera: Washington DC
Eric Holmes .... lamp operator
David Insley .... director of photography: Washington DC
William T. Iversen .... grip: Washington DC (as William Iversen)
Alec Jarnagin .... camera operator: New York
John D. Kennedy .... grip: New York
John Thomas Kennedy .... key grip: New York (as John T. Kennedy)
John Kimmer .... dolly grip: Washington DC
Brian T. Leach .... best boy grip: Washington DC
Jason Lenoury .... best boy grip
Mark Lewandowski .... computer playback operator: Tellavision
Mark Lewandowski .... video playback operator: Tellavision
Gus Limberis .... second assistant camera: New York (as Constantine Limberis)
Clay Liversidge .... gaffer: New York
William Louthe .... electrician
Andris Matiss .... Steadicam operator
Andris Matiss .... camera operator
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: New York
Joseph Micomonaco .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kenneth Morton .... grip: Washington DC
Tom Nichols .... key grip: Washington DC
Anthony Nocera .... video assist operator
John O'Boyle .... best boy electric
Michael O'Connor .... key grip
David Pamplin .... key rigging grip
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator
Matthew Pill .... grip
Brent Robinson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ronald Schlueter .... playback operator
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera: Washington DC (as Boots Shelton)
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Washington DC (as Stuart Raul Stein)
Davidson Tate .... rigging gaffer
Blain Thrush .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Williams .... computer playback operator
Greg Williams .... video playback operator
Jelani Atu Wilson .... camera loader: New York
Mike Yoder .... grip: Washington DC
Casting Department
Luisa Cabbidu .... extras casting associate (as Luisa Cabiddu)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Hollie Lee .... casting assistant (as Hollie Meyer)
Millie Tom .... casting associate
Melissa Braun .... extras casting: New York (uncredited)
Robyn Owen .... casting associate: USA (uncredited)
Victoria Thomas .... casting: USA (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tanya Batanau-Chuiko .... cutter
Maria Belperio .... seamstress
Keia Bounds .... set costumer
Suzette Daigle .... background costume supervisor
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera .... wardrobe supervisor: Washington DC
Renee Fontana .... costume supervisor (as Reneé Bravener)
Wayne Godfrey .... on-set costume supervisor
Whitney Kyles .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Karen Lee .... costume truck supervisor
Susan MacLeod .... costume supervisor
Trelawnie Mead .... background costume supervisor
Kimberly Memory Stanley .... assistant costume designer
Ahmad Zargaran .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
Marisa Clayton .... digital intermediate producer: Modern Video Film
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist: Modern Video Film
Nicholas Hasson .... editor: IQ, Modern Video Film (as Nick Hasson)
Kenneth Marsten .... first assistant editor (as Kenny Marsten)
Joi McMillon .... apprentice editor
Bryan Park .... film editorial: Modern Video Film
Angela Rentzelos .... second assistant editor
Pat Repola .... vice president of feature post: Modern Video Film
Felicia D. Moore .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
J. Chan Claggett .... location manager: Washington DC (as James C. Claggett)
Joseph A. Dewar .... location production assistant
Christopher Dunn .... assistant location manager (as Chris Dunn)
Christopher Geair .... assistant location manager: Washington DC
Chris Glover .... location production assistant
Chris Martin .... assistant location manager (as Christopher Martin)
David McIlroy .... location manager
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location assistant
Music Department
Vincent Bennett .... music session assistant
Jim Black .... music clearance
Terence Blanchard .... conductor
Terence Blanchard .... musician: trumpet, keyboards and piano
Terence Blanchard .... orchestrator
Todd Bozung .... supervising music editor
Robin Burgess .... music session coordinator
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
J. Miles Dale .... soundtrack producer
Howard Drossin .... orchestrator
Josh Evans .... assistant scoring engineer
Christy Gerhart .... music executive: SKE
Bonnie Greenberg .... executive in charge of music: SKE
Derrick Hodge .... musician: electric and upright bass
Sam Hofstedt .... assistant scoring engineer
Robert Huff .... music copyist
Simon James .... concertmaster
Simon James .... musician contractor
Jef Lee Johnson .... musician: electric and acoustic guitar
Michael Kutchman .... scoring stage crew
Robert Puff .... music preparation
Reed Ruddy .... music studio manager
Carl Sealove .... music editor
Oscar Seaton .... musician: drums
Del Spiva .... music editor
Brice Winston .... music copyist
Frank Wolf .... score mixer
Frank Wolf .... score recordist
Greg Hayes .... additional music mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Brown .... driver
William F. Doyle .... driver (as William Doyle)
Norman Foster .... driver (as Norm Foster)
Lorne Frederick .... driver
Danielle Fredrickson .... transportation dispatcher: Washington DC
Glenn Hughes .... picture car captain (as Glenn F. Hughes)
Jacqueline L. Hurd .... picture car coordinator: Washington DC
Gordon Ionson .... driver
Shaun Magee .... picture car coordinator
Hugh McCallum .... driver
Roland McGrath .... transportation captain
Bruce McLean .... transportation coordinator
Dave Mead .... driver: honeywagon
Brian O'Hara .... swamper
Steve Russell .... transportation co-captain
Maurice Tremblay .... driver
Gilbert Young .... transportation coordinator: Washington DC
John R. Dove .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Alakas .... first assistant accountant
Gerry Alfonso .... payroll accountant
Richard Baker .... production assistant
Vikas Bandhu .... production assistant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Paul Becker .... choreographer
Allison Brandin .... stock footage: Searchworks Research and Clearance
Stephan Burle .... title designer: PIC
Clinton Cameron .... stand-in
Elio Campbell .... stand-in
Jennifer Chovancek .... assistant production coordinator
Robin Craine .... production assistant
Morgan Davidoff .... office production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity consultants
Joshua Deighton .... production executive
Carlo Denuzzo .... craft service: Reel Craft
Julio Ferrario .... creative director: main titles
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect coach
Ginny Galloway .... accounting coordinator: Washington DC
Wayne Godfrey .... on-set supervisor
Pamela B. Green .... title designer: PIC (as Pamela Green)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative
Tova Harrison .... office production assistant
Edwin Hawkeswood .... set production assistant
Dewey Hughes .... consultant
Nicole Jefferson .... assistant: Ms. Lemmons
Richie Kawamoto .... production coordinator: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Ashley Kravitz .... clearances: Ashley Inc.
Candace Kunderman .... trainee accountant
Vicky Lambert .... choreographer
Hollie Lee .... assistant to Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Hollie Meyer)
Michael J. Linowes .... legal counsel
Jeanette Linton .... office production assistant
Roxanne Mayweather .... stock footage: Searchworks Research and Clearance
Chris Mikolovich .... craft service: Reel Craft
Khanya Mkhize .... adr loop group
Althea Morgan-Taylor .... stand-in: Jude
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Yan Regis .... set medic: Medic One
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Suzanne Shelton .... stock footage: Searchworks Research and Clearance
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
Karen Tyrell .... publicist
Jarik Van Sluijs .... title designer: PIC
Uma Venkataramaiah .... assistant: Mr. Dale
Adrain Washington .... production assistant (as Adrian Washington)
Alison Waxman .... production coordinator
Bosede Williams .... script supervisor
Bosede Williams .... script supervisor: Washington DC
Gaytra Arnold .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Douglas M. Jones .... set production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Steven Lafferty .... set production assistant: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Dylan Matlock .... set production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Jane Sakowski Bell .... key craft service: second unit, Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... legal administrator (uncredited)
Jeff Sotzing .... special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content
118 min
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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 »
Anachronisms: During his broadcast on April 4, 1968, Petye refers to James Brown as "The Godfather of Soul", a term not given to him until the early 1970s.See more »
[first lines]
Petey Greene:Wake up, goddammit!
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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Soft Talk, 11 August 2007

Times are hard. It's the spring of 1967 and the tension culminated alongside the civil rights movement has not only reached its boiling point but is about to boil right over. When the movement's most prominent leader, Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, his messages of brotherly love and non-violent approaches to change are forgotten. Riots erupted nationwide in over 60 cities as an immense collection of anger was expressed through unrest and displaced ferocity. In Washington D.C., the city was calmed in part by the voice of one man, a radio DJ by the name of Petey Greene. His morning call-in show was the kind of success that unified its listeners and polarized both their spirits and convictions. Petey prided himself on staying true to himself and speaking that truth no matter what the consequence. The people responded to his frank honesty with devotion and respect. So when he went back on the air to talk the people of Washington down off their ledges on the night of Dr. King's death, it was the trust that had already been established that soothed the fire in the souls; they healed together. After that night, Petey's career was never the same. TALK TO ME, the new film by Kasi Lemmons, tells Petey's inspiring story. Only it doesn't so much tell it as manipulate it into a conventional narrative about shared friendship and separate dreams designed for maximum emotional impact.

Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) is first discovered by Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as he broadcasts in prison. The two men are instantly placed in juxtaposition to each other in the context of the film. Petey may be in a literal prison but Dewey is in a prison of his own design. The two will need each other to break out and reach the heights of their potential but they must first get past their instinctual dislike for each other. From where Dewey stands, Petey is the kind of black man what gives everyone else a bad name by playing to type and giving into violent, illegal impulses. Meanwhile, from where Petey stands, Dewey has sold his soul to the white man, walking and talking like his white colleagues in an effort to hide his black skin as best he can. The irony is that they both feel that the other is doing a great disservice to the community and that they themselves are role models for the new black identity. Both actors give strong, commanding performances. Cheadle pushes his versatility further as the raucous button-pusher with a turn that is both volatile and reckless. On the other side of the glass, Ejiofor exhibits restraint and an internalized fire that gives his intentions away no matter how hard he tries to mask them. Both could be contenders come awards season if the words coming out of their mouths weren't so formulaic and plain.

While Lemmons may not have made TALK TO ME into the socially telling film it could have been, she does manage moments of insight, tension and brotherhood. Most of these moments are found in the broadcast booths and offices of real life R&B music station, WOL. Prior to getting a job at the station, Petey had grown comfortable speaking his mind to whoever would listen. Whoever would, would always be limited in number. When finally faced with his first time at the mic, expectations are high. After all, Petey has the pressure of being a natural and he's never had to perform for anyone but himself before. He's also never had to watch his tongue before, but he, along with the station owners, soon learns that in order for Petey to be Petey, he's got to just let the words flow. That said, he also learns that a powerful voice comes with responsibility so in order to continue having that voice in such a public and corporate forum, he can only push the line so far. After all, no matter real the station tries to keep it, the white suits who run the show and sign Petey' checks have sponsors to answer to.

It's a shame that a movie with such a funky soundtrack would be lacking in so much soul but TALK TO ME still manages to keep a solid enough groove to keep it alive. I just wish Lemmons had spent more time heeding Petey Greene's message, to keep it real because the truth is what people respond to above all else. Instead, the watered down reality of Petey's path to fame and examination of the relationships that got him there has been mangled and crammed into a pretty picture that the masses can enjoy. The story of a man who told it like it was is told here as politely as Hollywood will allow.

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