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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 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 {J-26}

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A Once Upon A Lifetime Comedy. See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

The two cars prominently featured to signify Shirley Kenyon's journey from rags-to-riches are a Ford Pinto and a Mercedes-Benz SL. 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

'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: Money is made to be spent. What goods it doin' in the bottom of my panty drawer?
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Alternate Versions

From the big-screen to the video screen, Straight Talk was edited down. Several scenes, including a limo-ride, a longer resturaunt scene with Shirley and Jack, and several other minor scenes were reinstated when it aired on ABC network tv. See more »


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Straight Talk
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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Delightful piece of fluff
17 July 2003 | by rps-2See all my reviews

Some might dismiss this as a "feel good" movie and indeed it is. But it's a lot of fun and a bright vehicle for the always delightful and vivacious (bodaceous?) Dolly Parton. Sure, the plot is predictable from the first scene. But there are a lot of laughs and good moments on the way to the trite happy ending. But the measure of a movie is whether you enjoy it and this is a wonderfully honest and enjoyable picture.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,575,746, 5 April 1992

Gross USA:

$21,202,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,202,099
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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