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


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Kent / Michael / Joe
Linda Atkinson ...
Sheila Fleming
Jeffrey Fisher / Francine
Sid Greenberg
Harlan Jordan ...
Coach Armstrong
Fan #1
Kevin Howard ...
Fan #2
Woman at Basketball Game / Denise (as Anna Levine)
Bruno Rubeo ...
Pirie MacDonald ...
Judge Willard
Vince / Morris
Mimi Cochran ...
Girl #1
Rockets Redglare ...
Killer / Redneck Caller
Angus G. Wynne III ...
Chip Moody ...
David Poynter ...
Josh / Vincent (voice)
Glen (voice)
Debbie / Agnes / Theresa (voice)
Michele Mariana ...
Rhonda / Elderly Woman / Julia (voice)
Chet / Black John / Jerry (voice)
John Seitz ...
Bob (voice)
Kyle McClaran ...
Arnold (voice)
Dee Pyland ...
Nancy (voice)
Daniel Escobar ...
Frank (voice)
William De Acutis ...
John the Rapist / Ralph (voice) (as Bill DeAcutis)
Frederica Meister ...
Sexy Woman (voice)
Luis Barajas ...
Fred (voice)
Vernie Bailey ...
Jackie (voice)
Arnold (voice)
Alan Clark ...
Larry (voice)
Moby ...
Station Announcer / Newscaster (voice)
V.O. (voice)
Newscaster (voice)
Walter Lynn ...
Newscaster (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy (uncredited)
Audience at Basket Ball Game (uncredited)
Photographer - Basketball Game (uncredited)

Directed by

Oliver Stone

Written by

Stephen Singular ... (book "Talked To Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg")
Eric Bogosian ... (play creator) &
Tad Savinar ... (play creator)
Eric Bogosian ... (play)
Eric Bogosian ... (screenplay) &
Oliver Stone ... (screenplay)

Produced by

A. Kitman Ho ... producer
Edward R. Pressman ... producer
Diane Schneier ... associate producer
Greg Strangis ... executive producer
Sam Strangis ... executive producer
Neal Weisman ... associate producer

Music by

Stewart Copeland

Cinematography by

Robert Richardson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

David Brenner
Joe Hutshing ... co-editor

Editorial Department

Donah Bassett ... additional negative cutter
Jana Carroll ... apprentice editor
Bob Hagans ... color timer
Michele Perrone ... assistant editor (as Michelle Perrone)
Melody Platt ... apprentice editor
Marcelo Sansevieri ... assistant editor
Pietro Scalia ... assistant editor
Emmy Scharlatt ... assistant editor
Amy Urema ... post-production assistant

Casting By

Risa Bramon Garcia
Billy Hopkins

Production Design by

Bruno Rubeo

Art Direction by


Set Decoration by

Derek R. Hill

Costume Design by

Ellen Mirojnick

Makeup Department

Martha Marek Beresford ... hair stylist
Sharon Ilson ... makeup artist

Production Management

Jane Bartelme ... unit manager
Michael Flynn ... executive in charge of production
Clayton Townsend ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Vebe Borge ... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy ... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)

Art Department

Don 'Tex' Clark ... set dresser (as Don Clark)
Chris Henry ... construction foreman
Mike Parsons ... property master
Barry Phillips ... assistant art director
Craig Pittman ... set dresser
Joe Sharber ... stand-by props
Phil Shirey ... set dresser
J. Grey Smith ... lead man (as Grey Smith)
Floyd Gentry ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Terry Lynn Allen ... dialogue editor (as Terry Allen)
Lorna Anderson ... dialogue editor
Lon Bender ... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Neal Burger ... dialogue editor
Harry Cohen ... digital sound effects designer
Tom Dionne ... sound effects editor
Scott Martin Gershin ... sound designer
Avram D. Gold ... dialogue editor (as Avram Gold)
Lewis Goldstein ... dialogue editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Douglas Greenfield ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Patrick M. Griffith ... post-production sound supervisor
Victor Grodecki ... dialogue editor
Penny Lee Hallin ... assistant dialogue editor
Kevin Hearst ... dialogue editor
Sherry Klein ... re-recording mixer
Gerry Lentz ... foley editor / foley recordist
Kim Maitland ... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland ... sound mixer
Joseph A. Mayer ... adr supervisor (as Joseph Mayer)
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
T.J. O'Mara ... boom operator
Kelly Oxford ... assistant dialogue editor
Dan M. Rich ... dialogue editor (as Dan Rich)
David M. Roberts ... utility sound (as David Roberts)
Joan Rowe ... foley artist
Ann Scibelli ... sound effects editor
R. Russell Smith ... sound effects editor (as Rusty Smith)
Cathie Speakman ... sound editor
Wylie Stateman ... supervising sound editor
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Stephen Toback ... sound effects editor
Jerry Trent ... foley artist
Jeff Vaughn ... foley editor / foley recordist
Jeff Timbs ... daily sound transferer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

William Purcell ... special effects technician
Dyan Traynor ... effects coordinator


Ray Forrest Barrow ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Sharon Alley ... second assistant camera
Jerry G. Callaway ... aerial photographer
Mark Shane Davis ... key grip (as Mark Davis)
Jonathan D. Guerra ... electrician (as Jon Guerra)
Johnny Gutierrez ... rigging electrician
John Johns ... video playback operator
Steve Lang ... grip
Fred L. McLane ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Fred McLane)
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke ... gaffer
Philip C. Pfeiffer ... director of photography: second unit (as Phil Pfeiffer)
Toby Phillips ... steadicam operator
Bill Pierson ... dolly grip
David Rudd ... first assistant camera
Joyce Rudolph ... still photographer
Frank Scheidbach ... best boy
John Shoemaker ... electrician
John Patrick Smith ... camera trainee (as Patrick Smith)
Peter J. Verrando ... 24 frame video operator (as Pete Verrando)
Sean Cohen ... electrician (uncredited)
Mark A. Hatley ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Matthew W. Davis ... casting assistant
Ed Johnston ... casting: Texas
Carl Scaglione ... casting assistant: Texas
Katherine Venti ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Barbara B. Baker ... wardrobe assistant (as Barbara Baker)
Sawnie Baldridge ... costume supervisor (as Sawnie Baldridge Smith)
Stephen M. Chudej ... costumer (as Stephen Chudej)
Mayes C. Rubeo ... assistant to costume designer (as Mayes Castillero de Rubeo)

Music Department

Budd Carr ... music supervisor
Nicola Freegard ... music coordinator (as Niki Freegard)
Carlton Kaller ... music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Jeff Seitz ... music co-producer / music engineer

Script and Continuity Department

Susan Malerstein-Watkins ... script supervisor (as Susan Malerstein)

Transportation Department

Alvin Milliken ... driver (as Alvin Milliken Jr.)
Billy Milliken ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

Bill Abbott ... key technical advisor
Judith Lee Berg ... consultant
David Bradstreet ... production assistant: Los Angeles
David A. Brink ... production assistant (as David Brink)
Billy Crawford ... film courier
Elon Dershowitz ... assistant: Edward R. Pressman
Cindy Fairfield ... studio manager
Catherine M. Griffin ... production assistant: Los Angeles
Robert Grindrod ... assistant auditor
Sandy Hollis ... craft service
Andrea Jaffe ... publicist
Myra Lebo ... office staff executive assistant: Pressman Films, Los Angeles
Deborah Lupard ... key production assistant
Lisa Mashburn ... bookkeeper: Los Angeles
Dan Perri ... title designer: main titles
Sandra Maltz Saccio ... production secretary: Pressman films, Los Angeles (as Sandra Maltz)
Elisabeth Seldes Annacone ... assistant: Oliver Stone (as Elisabeth Seldes)
Christina Stauffer ... production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein ... auditor
Elizabeth Stone ... spiritual advisor: Naijo No Ko
Leeann Stonebreaker ... production coordinator
Layne Teaff ... production assistant
Art Tizon ... office coordinator: Los Angeles
Peter J. Verrando ... technician: broadcast electronics (as Pete Verrando)
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive
Anath White ... technical advisor
Mike Childress ... stage manager (uncredited)
Dianne E. Collins ... publicist: M/S Billings Publicity Ltd. (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Confessions nocturnes (Canada, French title)
  • Conversations nocturnes (France)
  • Hablando con la muerte (Spain)
  • La radio ataca (Argentina)
  • トーク・レディオ (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Eric Bogosian's play "Talk Radio", on which this film is based, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. See more »
Goofs When Barry Champlain says that he's going to punish his listeners by playing the Bee Gees' song - Saturday Night Fever, ten times in a row. While they had a monster hit with "Night Fever" there is no such song as "Saturday Night Fever." The record they actually play is Disco Inferno by The Tramps. This may be intentional due to copyright issues; however, the track is on the OST for Saturday Night Fever. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Talk Radio/Hellbound: Hellraiser II/The Accidental Tourist/The Boost/Pelle the Conqueror (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Bad to the Bone See more »
Quotes Barry: I should hang; I'm a hypocrite. I ask for sincerity and I lie. I denounce the system as I embrace it. I want money and power and prestige: I want ratings and success. And I don't give a damn about you, or the world. That's the truth: for that I could say I'm sorry, but I won't. Why should I? I mean who the hell are you anyways you... audience! You're on me every night like a pack of wolves because you can't stand facing what you are and what you've made! Yes, the world is a terrible place. Yes, cancer and garbage disposals will get you. Yes, a war is coming. Yes, the world is shot to hell and you're all goners. Everything's screwed up and you like it that way don't you? You're fascinated by the gory details. You're mesmerized by your own fear. You revel in floods and car accidents, unstoppable diseases. You're happiest when others are in pain. That's where I come in, isn't it? I'm here to lead you by the hands through the dark forest of your own hatred and anger and humiliation. I'm providing a public service. You're so scared. You're like a little child under the covers. You're afraid of the boogeyman but you can't live without him. Your fear; your own lives have become your entertainment. Next month, millions of people are going to be listening to this show and you'll have nothing to talk about! Marvelous technology is at our disposal, and instead of reaching up to new heights, we're gonna see how far down we can go! How deep into the muck we can immerse ourselves! What do you wanna talk about, hm? Baseball scores? Your pet? Orgasms? You're pathetic. I despise each and every one of you. You've got nothing, absolutely nothing. No brains, no power, no future, no hope, no God. The only thing you believe in is me. What are you if you don't have me. I'm not afraid see. I come in here every night, I make my case, I make my point, I say what I believe in. I tell you what you are, I have to, I have no choice! You frighten me! I come in here every night, I tear into you, I abuse you, I insult you, you just keep coming back for more. Whats wrong with you, why do you keep calling? I don't wanna hear anymore, stop talking! Go away! Bunch of yellow-bellied, spineless, bigoted, quivering, drunken, insomnia-tic, paranoid, disgusting, perverted, voyeuristic, little obscene phone callers, that's what you are. Well to Hell with you. I don't need your ferior stupidity, you don't get it. It's wasted on you. Pearls before swine. If one person out there had any idea what I'm talking about... I...
[answers caller]
Barry: friend you're on night talk.
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