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Talk Radio (1988)

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Stephen Singular (book), Eric Bogosian (play) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bogosian ... Barry
Ellen Greene ... Ellen
Leslie Hope ... Laura
John C. McGinley ... Stu
Alec Baldwin ... Dan
John Pankow ... Dietz
Michael Wincott ... Kent / Michael / Joe
Linda Atkinson Linda Atkinson ... Sheila Fleming
Robert Trebor ... Jeffrey Fisher / Francine
Zach Grenier ... Sid Greenberg
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Dino
Harlan Jordan Harlan Jordan ... Coach Armstrong
Bill Johnson ... Fan #1
Kevin Howard Kevin Howard ... Fan #2
Anna Levine ... Woman at Basketball Game / Denise
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Storyline

An acerbic radio talk show host based in Dallas starts what could be an important few days when he discovers that his controversial late night show is about to be "picked up" by a nationwide network of radio stations. However, all is not perfect for him, because on top of troubles with his love life and fears that the management of the network will try to alter the content of his show he has to cope with a neo-nazi group who have been angered by his forthright opinions. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Words can kill... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Vozes da Ira See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,468,572
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film marked the first time that a Baldwin brother, who was Alec Baldwin, worked with writer-director Oliver Stone. After Alec's participation, his other brothers (Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin', & William Baldwin), all later appeared in cameo performances in Stone's next picture Born on the Fourth of July (1989). See more »

Goofs

During the flashback sequence, a Pepsi can with a tapered rim is seen on Jeff Fisher's desk. Dialogue sets the scene during the Carter administration (1977-81), but beverage cans with the tapered design weren't introduced until 1987, around the time the movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Barry: [to a caller about the most powerful drug ever sold] It's tobacco. It kills 350,000 people a year. You know how much coke, crack, heroin, pot kill every year? Four thousand people. Will you listen to sense? Hello? Let me check. Will you listen to logic, please? The only people who benefit from prohibition... are the gangsters makin' the money on it, the politicians condemning it and gettin' your vote. And who foots the bill? You, Rhonda Q Sucker!
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Soundtracks

Bad to the Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by Michael Wetherwax
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Hugely ignored classic
8 January 2005 | by kingprobertSee all my reviews

I have seen it a few times and get completely glued to it every time. It is very suspenseful and intense. To describe it sounds boring but it is amazing. It is the kind of movie where you need can't miss a thing, but if you soak it in it sticks with you long after it ends. Now thinking about it I don't even know what Stone was trying to make us see. Just the story of Alan Green? I don't think so. It was a look at ignorance, stupidity, self-absorption, and a guy just loosing his grip. Maybe he had more grip than the listeners though. I didn't like Barry but still seemed worried about him for some reason. I was perplexed at why I couldn't get him out of my mind when the movie ended. I wish I could see inside Olive Stone's mind for this one.


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