Talk to Me

Release Date: July 13, 2007
Limited release

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3/34 Dan Krovich Great film that deserves to be doing bigger business.
23/50 Michael Bentley The story loses its way in the second half, but the actors are all great - particularly Cheadle, who once again proves that he is one of the very best.

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Ralph Waldo Greene’s life did not get off to the best of starts. A lust for vices such as narcotics led the man to a life of a crime. Eventually, he was arrested and imprisoned for armed robbery. He was 32-years-old and facing a ten year sentence for his mistakes. His life appeared to be a waste. Then, fate offered an unexpected twist. During his unfortunate incarceration, Greene found a new vocation. He became the disk jockey for the inmates of his prison. He even manipulated circumstances in order to make himself a celebrity to them by talking another convict into threatening to commit suicide. At this point, Green "convinced" the man not to kill himself. A hero was born.

After receiving parole, the disc jockey called Petey by his friends, found himself employable for the first time. He received a radio show called Rapping with Petey Greene, and his success in this format led to an influential television gig. Petey Greene’s Washington was a tough-minded look at insider politics as well as the racial disharmony frequently ignored by the government. Greene was a stubbornly controversial figure, embracing (or manufacturing) conflict wherever he could. The man’s celebration of free speech as well as his willingness to "tell it like it is" on-air made him the precursor to many of the top shock jockeys in the industry today.

Talk To Me is a Focus Features release wherein Don Cheadle portrays African-American icon Petey Greene from his tough early years until he died from cancer. BOP fave Chiwetel Ejiofor is also cast as Greene’s long-suffering producer, Dewey Hughes. The film seems more appropriately released as an end-of-year awards contender instead of being slotted against popcorn summer fare. The counter-programming gamble is an interesting one for Focus. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Talk to Me
Main Cast Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer
Supporting Cast Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Martin Sheen
Director Kasi Lemmons
Screenwriter Michael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa
Distributor Focus Features
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Screen Count 31
Awards Awards page for Talk to Me
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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