Talk to Me

Talk to Me

3.8 5
Director: Kasi Lemmons

Cast: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer

     
 

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Don Cheadle stars as outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene in a powerful biopic detailing the life and career of a media figure whose voice instilled the black community with hope during the turbulent 1960s. After talking his way onto the Washington, D.C. airwaves in the era of free love, a manSee more details below

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Don Cheadle stars as outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene in a powerful biopic detailing the life and career of a media figure whose voice instilled the black community with hope during the turbulent 1960s. After talking his way onto the Washington, D.C. airwaves in the era of free love, a man emboldened by the inspirational soul music and rapidly expanding social consciousness that defined the decade openly courts controversy as his put-upon producer, Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), runs interference.

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Given the ostentatious and highly cinematic life lived by Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, a self-described miscreant-turned-straight-talking D.C. DJ, it's hard to believe we waited until 2007 for his biopic to materialize. Maybe it took having the right team in place: director Kasi Lemmons, screenwriters Rick Famuyiwa and Michael Genet, and stars Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who shape the man in vivid, moving, and often hilarious ways. A film like this lives and dies by the performance of its lead, and Cheadle perfectly mixes the reckless bravado that made Greene fun to behold with the self-doubt that made him human. But unlike most biopics, Cheadle shares the screen with a co-protagonist, Ejiofor as Dewey Hughes, his manager and an eventual legendary disc jockey in his own right. Much is made about how each character's strengths complete the other. The same can be said for the actors, who play off each other terrifically; Ejiofor's role not only doesn't take the movie away from Cheadle, but actually gives it the depth to rise above the paint-by-numbers nature of many biopics. Some numbers do get painted in the second half, as Greene's life had a trajectory typical of a star who burns brightly, then flames out, consumed by his fatal flaw. But much more indelible are the scenes that stand out from a conventional narrative arc, such as Petey's impromptu late-night eulogy to Martin Luther King Jr., where the normally incendiary personality tried to extinguish the flames burning outside the building by urging rioters to heed Dr. King's message. Coming on the heels of a slapstick brawl between Greene and the DJ who just slept with his girlfriend, this scene only hints at how expertly Lemmons juxtaposes the comic and tragic portions that tugged for control of Greene's life.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
UPC:
0025193330420
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Focus Features
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
38,890

Special Features

Who Is Petey Greene?: The cast and crew discuss the racial politics of the '60s and '70s and the change of social commentary in radio; Recreating P-Town: A behind-the-scenes look at the music, fashion and production design of the film; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Cheadle Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene
Chiwetel Ejiofor Dewey Hughes
Cedric the Entertainer "Nighthawk" Bob Terry
Taraji P. Henson Vernell Watson
Mike Epps Milo Hughes
Martin Sheen E.G. Sonderling
Vondie Curtis-Hall Sunny Jim Kelsey
Sean MacMahon Ronnie Simmons
J. Miles Dale Program Director
Jeff Kassel WOL P.A.

Technical Credits
Kasi Lemmons Director
Patrick Banister Art Director
Paul Becker Choreography
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Dennis Chapman Production Manager
Don Cheadle Executive Producer
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Robin D. Cook Casting
J. Miles Dale Executive Producer
Rick Famuyiwa Screenwriter
Stephane Fontaine Cinematographer
Joe Fries Producer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Genet Original Story,Screenwriter
Mark Gordon Producer
William Horberg Executive Producer
Sidney Kimmel Producer
Vicky Lambert Choreography
Josh McLaughlin Producer
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
Gersha Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Provine Sound/Sound Designer
Joey Rappa Executive Producer
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Victoria Thomas Casting
Bruce Toll Executive Producer
Warren Alan Young Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Talk to Me
1. Hard Up (Main Titles) [6:56]
2. Losing Ground [4:58]
3. New Blood [8:01]
4. In Bed With the Man [2:47]
5. Out of Your Element [8:30]
6. One Show, One Shot [11:05]
7. Tell It Like It Is [2:35]
8. This Is P-Town [6:36]
9. Caught in the Act [6:05]
10. They Got Him [5:36]
11. A Dark Day [6:29]
12. Celebrate the Memory [5:56]
13. Taking It All the Way [8:02]
14. The Moment [6:18]
15. Keeping It Real [4:50]
16. Just Another Con [5:12]
17. Back on the Scene [5:14]
18. One Last Shot [4:09]
19. End of the Show [3:10]
20. End Titles [5:52]

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