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Straight Talk (1992)

A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host.

Director:

Barnet Kellman

Writers:

Craig Bolotin (story), Craig Bolotin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolly Parton ... Shirlee
James Woods ... Jack
Griffin Dunne ... Alan
Michael Madsen ... Steve
Deirdre O'Connell ... Lily
John Sayles ... Guy Girardi
Teri Hatcher ... Janice
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Erdman
Jerry Orbach ... Milo Jacoby
Philip Bosco ... Gene Perlman
Charles Fleischer ... Tony
Keith MacKechnie ... Gordon
Jay Thomas ... Zim Zimmerman
Amy Morton ... Ann
Paula Newsome ... Ellen
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Storyline

Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural, and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and as her popularity grows a local reporter starts digging for the truth. Problem is, the more he is around her, the more he fancies her. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Dreams do come true...sometimes. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sex related dialogue, and momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Famosa por error See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,202,099
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ron Livingston's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Jack drops Shirlee off after their date, they pull up in front of her hotel. In the background we see a sign for a cafe that says Open 24 Hours. If you look closely, you can see that the interior of the cafe is completely dark, indicating that it is closed. See more »

Quotes

Jack Russell: [During the seduction scene he drops her bra] Holy Moley!
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: Is that all you can say?
Jack Russell: [softer and slower] Holy Moley!
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: [Giggles]
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: [Scene cuts to them lying in bed] Holy Moley!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.185 (2011) See more »

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Straight Talk
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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Somewhat addictive...
11 November 2005 | by movietrailSee all my reviews

There's something about this movie that keeps bringing you back for more. I bought the video used for about three bucks (the price is why I bought it!) and was pleasantly surprised. And watch it again and again and again. I notice other viewers who have done the same and can't help but wonder what it is. I have even seen lines from this movie quoted in magazines (attributed to Dolly rather than the script writer)!

There are some gaping goofs, of course. Suddenly "Jack" says "you probably think you just heard a doorbell", although no doorbell has rung at all (maybe they fixed that in later releases)! Also, nobody but Shirlee and her boss "Alan" is supposed to know that she is not a doctor despite the fact that the receptionist took her resume filled with occupations such as "bartender, waitress, waitress, dance instructor..." There are others. But even so, you keep coming back for more.

A few of the one-liner bit parts have awful acting skills, but even so.

So, what is it about this movie? Maybe it's the sound track. I hate C/ W but the all-Dolly soundtrack is wonderful and her songs fit each situation as if it were a musical. Also, Dolly is a very believable actress despite the very unbelievable situation. Believing Dolly is a shrink is like believing Whoopi is a nun. You know it's ludicrous, but they somehow get you to accept it and enjoy. You want to believe it!

Some of her advice is like Zen, for example the one about women and corn flakes: you just don't get it. There is a lot you just don't get in this movie. But you still love it. That's a lot like loving a person, I guess.


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