Talk to Me

Talk to Me

DVD - 2007
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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.

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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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rodprops Sep 29, 2015

Nice flick.

Quimeras Jun 15, 2014

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

THUD55 Jul 01, 2013

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.

Green_Bird_203 Aug 20, 2012

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.

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jtlavigne
Mar 04, 2012

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

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Kritter408
Dec 19, 2011

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

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Michael
Sep 06, 2008

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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