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The story of washington D.C. Radio personality ralph greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

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Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 205613948
UPC 025193330529
UPC 14 00025193330529
Format DVD
Release Date 10/30/2007
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Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Bruce McFee - Actor
Cedric The Entertainer - Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Actor
Don Cheadle - Executive Producer
Don Cheadle - Actor
Kasi Lemmons - Director
Mark Gordon - Producer
Martin Sheen - Actor
Michael Genet - Writer
Mike Epps - Actor
Patrick Banister - Art Director
Peter MacNeill - Actor
Rick Famuyiwa - Writer
Stephane Fontaine - Cinematographer
Taraji P. Henson - Actor
Terence Blanchard - Original Music By
Terilyn A. Shropshire - Editor
Warren Alan Young - Production Designer
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review The outlines of Kasi Lemmons' new drama Talk to Me are familiar, a biopic in the vein of Ray, Walk the Line, and La Vie En Rose. But the subjects of those movies are ultra-famous, while the name Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) is one of history's footnotes...Little known he may be now, but when he died in 1984, thousands attended his funeral, and Lemmons honors him with an engaging drama that explains why this man meant so much to those privileged enough to have heard his voice...As might be expected in a film that stars two such heavyweights, Talk to Me is a master class in acting. Ejiofor and Cheadle are both terrific, investing their characters with more than just personality, but also with heart and soul. Cheadle especially faced a challenge. With a character as larger than life as Petey, it would be easy to veer into caricature, but--proving once again why he's one of the finest actors of his generation--Cheadle nails it...For her first film since 2001's The Caveman's Valentine, Lemmons has produced a modest, but appealing drama. You may enter the theater wondering who this guy is, but you will leave happy that you met him.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The story of Petey Greene was a movie waiting to be made. Greene came out of prison to become, literally overnight, a popular and influential DJ. He was on WOL, a Washington, D.C., station that was looking for a morning man to connect with its African-American audience and got more than it bargained for. Don Cheadle gives a fascinating performance as a man able to step out of a cell and into a broadcast booth, but not sure where to step next...The fame of broadcast personalities is by its nature transient. How many people remember Petey Greene? Or, under a certain age, have heard of him? Jay Leno could go on a Jaywalk for miles and not find anybody who has heard of Arthur Godfrey. We labor through life sweeping our memory ahead of us into the dustbin of oblivion. But someone like Petey Greene made a difference and made a mark, and broadcasting is better because of his transparent honesty. He helped transform African-American stations more, probably, than their mostly white owners desired. And talk talents like Howard Stern, as he himself says, owe him something.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...a great subject and a great actor working in tandem...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly A rowdy, richly offbeat biopic.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe Immensely entertaining!

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