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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.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

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

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Cast

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

In the scene during Petey Greene's first day on WOL he mentions that his father was serving a 21 year sentence on Alcatraz Island Federal Prison. This couldn't be true because the year in that scene was 1966. Alcatraz closed down in March 1963. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Dewey overhears 3 men at a bar talking about Petey's show, there is a road sign mounted on the wall behind the men. The writing on the sign (indicating the way to Teaneck) is backwards. See more »

Quotes

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

Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Man's Man's Man's World
Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Loved it--Lemmons, Cheadle & Co. should get Oscars!
20 August 2007 | by JynneSee all my reviews

Excellent movie about Washington DC jockey Petey Greene. I had never heard of him, but Director Kasi Lemmons made such a good movie with great characters that I (as an audience member) was interested in finding out about him. Lemmons evokes the music, dress & style of the time very well, and all of the cast was great--not just Don Cheadle, but EVERYONE; as a woman, I liked how his girlfriend was portrayed as a strong woman who knew her man well (his strengths and his weaknesses). I highly recommend it, not just to hear some great period music, but to learn about someone who made a difference (at least in the lives of the people of DC). Both thumbs up! :D


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Country:

USA

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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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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