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Talk to Me (2007)

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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.

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Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

Michael Genet (screenplay), Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Cheadle ... Petey Greene
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Dewey Hughes
Bruce McFee Bruce McFee ... Prison Sign-In Guard
Mike Epps ... Milo Hughes
Peter MacNeill ... Warden Cecil Smithers
Adam Gaudreau 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 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)
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Storyline

The true life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with fellow prison inmate Milo's brother Dewey Hughes. From the first wild morning on the air, Petey relies on the more straight-laced Dewey to run interference at WOL-AM, where Dewey is the program director. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk and Sunny Jim. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling. Petey was ... Written by Focus Features

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Inspired by a true story See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Petey and Dewey lock themselves in the DJ booth, Greene puts on an LP featuring Les McCann and Eddie Harris' song "Compared to What". The album the song appears on, 'Swiss Movement', wasn't released until 1969, though the scene predates Martin Luther King's assassination in April 1968. Another circa-1968 montage, set to Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher", is set to a song released in 1969. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Petey Greene: Wake up, goddammit!
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Connections

References In the Heat of the Night (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Want Me to Stay
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone (as Sly & The Family Stone)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Enjoyed it immensely
2 August 2007 | by glfrenchSee all my reviews

As a resident of Washington, from 1962 to 1975, I got to know Petey Greene's Washington very well. Any African American who lived in DC during the sixties, seventies and eighties should find something to like in this flick for sure. Movie was both informative and entertaining - which are the best kind to me. The picture's primary characters are Petey and Dewey Hughes, two totally different brothers. How their relationships grows and evolves is a wonderful thing to experience and is the essence of the movie in my opinion. Expect to have some good laughs and a intimate look into a very chaotic period of American History. Movie caused me to remember feelings that had long passed into the mental archives. For those of you old enough to recall, the sixties and seventies where a very special time in this country. Movie gives a good look at the different perspectives of the period.

Oh, and Don Cheadle is becoming a class unto himself.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Petey Greene's Washington See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$391,000, 15 July 2007

Gross USA:

$4,533,261

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,778,376
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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