Talk To Me

Talk To Me

Talk To Me
The true-life story of Ralph Waldo ‘Petey’ Greene Jr. (Don Cheadle), an ex-con who became a popular Washington radio DJ in the late 60s.

With the support of his tempestuous girlfriend, the smooth-talking Petey charms his way onto the airwaves, becoming an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk and Sunny Jim.

As Petey’s voice and humor captures 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 like few people ever have.
2008Rating: M, violence, offensive language & sex scenes118 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Variety

Variety

press

The more Petey is allowed to live and breathe as a '60s streetwise hustler who literally barges his way into a D.C. radio station, the better pic handles its various agendas. But as Petey becomes a symbol of black liberation, the movie turns obvious and parched.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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The movie is decent enough, but contains Greene's story in a sentimentalised career arc.

2.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

Don Cheadle can do no wrong. And while Talk To Me is far from a great film, his performance is.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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With its R&B soundtrack and footage of civil unrest, Talk to Me might seem to cover familiar ground. But as an intimate portrait of the complex, fruitful and extremely volatile friendship between trailblazing African American men whose daring came to redefine an industry, it's fresh and revelatory.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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There’s terrific chemistry between the leads, but an episodic structure set over 20 years is too sprawling to really allow for a connection.

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Nonetheless, with a stunning soul soundtrack and scathing one-liners, Talk to Me is well worth a watch, if only to compare how placid and scripted today's radio personalities have become.

3.0
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BBC

BBC

press

A traditionally handsome biopic bursting with 1960s period detail and firecracker performances, Talk To Me tackles one of the most volatile periods in American history, but tragically finds nothing interesting to say about it.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The more Petey is allowed to live and breathe as a '60s streetwise hustler who literally barges his way into a D.C. radio station, the better pic handles its various agendas. But as Petey becomes a symbol of black liberation, the movie turns obvious and parched.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The movie is decent enough, but contains Greene's story in a sentimentalised career arc.

2.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Don Cheadle can do no wrong. And while Talk To Me is far from a great film, his performance is.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With its R&B soundtrack and footage of civil unrest, Talk to Me might seem to cover familiar ground. But as an intimate portrait of the complex, fruitful and extremely volatile friendship between trailblazing African American men whose daring came to redefine an industry, it's fresh and revelatory.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There’s terrific chemistry between the leads, but an episodic structure set over 20 years is too sprawling to really allow for a connection.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Nonetheless, with a stunning soul soundtrack and scathing one-liners, Talk to Me is well worth a watch, if only to compare how placid and scripted today's radio personalities have become.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

A traditionally handsome biopic bursting with 1960s period detail and firecracker performances, Talk To Me tackles one of the most volatile periods in American history, but tragically finds nothing interesting to say about it.

3.0
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