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Talk Radio (1988)

R | | Drama | 13 January 1989 (USA)
A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Stephen Singular (book), Eric Bogosian (play) | 4 more credits »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bogosian ... Barry
Ellen Greene ... Ellen
Leslie Hope ... Laura
John C. McGinley ... Stu
Alec Baldwin ... Dan
John Pankow ... Dietz
Michael Wincott ... Kent / Michael / Joe
Linda Atkinson Linda Atkinson ... Sheila Fleming
Robert Trebor ... Jeffrey Fisher / Francine
Zach Grenier ... Sid Greenberg
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Dino
Harlan Jordan Harlan Jordan ... Coach Armstrong
Bill Johnson ... Fan #1
Kevin Howard Kevin Howard ... Fan #2
Anna Levine ... Woman at Basketball Game / Denise
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Storyline

An acerbic radio talk show host based in Dallas starts what could be an important few days when he discovers that his controversial late night show is about to be "picked up" by a nationwide network of radio stations. However, all is not perfect for him, because on top of troubles with his love life and fears that the management of the network will try to alter the content of his show he has to cope with a neo-nazi group who have been angered by his forthright opinions. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Words can kill... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Talk Radio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,547, 26 December 1988

Gross USA:

$3,468,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,468,572
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about a year after its source stage play of the same name written and/or conceived by Tad Savinar and Eric Bogosian had been first performed in 1987. Bogosian also co-wrote the screenplay for this motion picture. See more »

Goofs

KGAB's radio tower is shown to be in Downtown Dallas. Most radio stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are in Cedar Hill, in between Dallas and Fort Worth. While there are exceptions depending on the power of the radio station, if KGAB were as large a station as depicted, its tower would be in Cedar Hill. See more »

Quotes

Stu: You slip some testosterone into Barry's coffee?
Laura: The guy's possessed tonight. He's a little tense.
Barry: [distant shout] Get outta here!
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Connections

Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Written by Ron Kersey (as Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey) & Leroy Green
Performed by The Trammps
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An interesting film, though it could've been stronger
16 February 2005 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

I tend to be inclined towards movies about people who choose to cross the barriers of censorship, and express what they really want to express. Eric Bogosian's character of Barry is like Howard Stern, but much more intelligent. The character itself is very fascinating. As an Oliver Stone film, I guess I was expecting more. The film sags a bit during the third act. Plus, it's pretty obvious that "Talk Radio" is based on a play, with its long dialogue scenes. But overall, the film works. Bogosian is great in the lead, and the fact that he also wrote the play from which the movie was based on probably helped him. If you want to check out one of Stone's greater films, I better suggest you check out "JFK" or "Salvador." This is not his best work, but a good movie nonetheless.


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