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Talk to Me

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Washington, D.C., in the mid-to-late 1960s, vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to become a unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, Jr. to fully express himself and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the new ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with 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 quickly becomes an iconic radio personality. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling. Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during this turbulent period in American history. As Petey's voice, humor, and spirit surge across the airwaves with the vitality of the era, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power in America. Through the years, Petey's style, on- and off-air - would redefine both Petey and Dewey, and empower each to become the man he would most like to be.
Title: Talk to me
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Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2007
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Focus Features and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment present a Mark Gordon Productions ; Pelagius Films ; produced by Joe Fries, Mark Gordon, Sidney Kimmel, Josh McLaughlin ; story by Michael Genet ; screenplay by Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa ; directed by Kasi Lemmons
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: Deleted scenes; "Who is Petey Greene?" featurette; recreating P-Town
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Summary: Washington, D.C., in the mid-to-late 1960s, vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to become a unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, Jr. to fully express himself and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the new ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with 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 quickly becomes an iconic radio personality. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling. Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during this turbulent period in American history. As Petey's voice, humor, and spirit surge across the airwaves with the vitality of the era, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power in America. Through the years, Petey's style, on- and off-air - would redefine both Petey and Dewey, and empower each to become the man he would most like to be.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama TALK
Credits: Director of photography, Stéphane Fontaine ; editor, Terilyn A. Shropshire ; music, Terence Blanchard ; costume designer, Gersha Philips ; production designer, Warren Alan Young.
Performers: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps, Peter MacNeill, Adam Gaudreau, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, single-sided, DVD-9
Other Language: English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Alma (Música) Washington (D.C.) Teatro. bidex Música y radio Washington (D.C.) Teatro. bidex Washington (D.C.) Drama Soul music Drama Radio personalities Washington (D.C.) Drama Radio talk shows Washington (D.C.) Drama Greene, Ralph, 1931-1984 Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Biographical films
Feature films
Topical Term: Alma (Música)
Música y radio
Soul music
Radio personalities
Radio talk shows
Publisher No: 62033304 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Kasi Lemmons directed this movie about an ex-con who became a radio personality in 1960s Washington, D.C.


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Jun 15, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Talk to Me” was a real treat: a well-told story with good character development and rich dialogue. I recommend it.

Jul 01, 2013
  • THUD55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this movie. Don C and the other cast members did a great job telling this story. it was moving and colorful. the music was accurate for the times and fun to listen to. I recommend this movie.

Aug 20, 2012
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What a great performance by Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda)! So were Chiwetel Ejiofor and a supporting cast led by Martin Sheen. This movie is definitely worth seeing.

Mar 04, 2012
  • travisdylan rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I didn't like the movie much it wasn't very engaging or interesting

Dec 19, 2011
  • Kritter408 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AMAZINGLY GOOD MOVIE! A must see true story!!!!!!!

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Sep 06, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The last Don Cheadle movie that OPL foisted on its unwitting public: "Reign Over Me", also starring Adam Sandler - was a disaster with audiences & at the box-office because it had no redeeming value whatsoever... a mindless vehicle for Adam Sandler acting even more quirky than usual... Cheadle doing his best to turn the movie back to some semblance of substance, but sabotaged by the plot and Sandler... and Jada Pinkett-Smith, doing what she does best - playing a ball-busting wife ( man, was she annoying in this... no wonder Will Smith in real life on talk shows always complains about being hen-pecked!)

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Mar 04, 2012
  • travisdylan rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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