Talk Radio Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2437

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 43

Theatrical Release Date: 12/01/1988

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Oliver Stone

Actors: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley, Alec Baldwin, Michael Wincott

Plot: A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 07/27/2011

I recorded this movie off a free movie channel just expecting it to be something to watch but I didn't expect to like it all.Talk Radio was a movie I couldn't turn away from & it had my interest from start to finish

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Gabe - wrote on 04/27/2008

It's filmed just like the one-man monologue that it's based off of. Eric Bogosian is great as the star of his own Howard Stern-like late night radio show in Dallas. He manages to piss everyone off while being one of the highest rated shows in the area. It was a bold movie choice using minimal sets and very few camara angles. It's essentially a long monologue for the lead. Excellent!

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A Man Alone

Andrew - wrote on 05/13/2012

Talk Radio is a very compelling film that grips the viewer start to finish. Its 110 minute running time goes by in a flash as the viewer sees a man slowly self-destruct.

That man is Barry Champlain (Eric Bogosian), a Jewish talk show host in Dallas, TX. Everyday on the air, Barry is inundated with callers who spew racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic epithets at him. Usually Barry responds by insulted his listeners right back. However, as his show is about to become syndicated nationally, his boss Dan (Alec Baldwin) encourages him to scale back his rhetoric. Champlain ignores Dan's advice and continues with his antics and the hate and vitriol only increases with dire consequences.

Talk Radio is certainly one of Oliver Stone's more underrated films. It is a very simple …

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One of Oliver Stones best

TheWolf - wrote on 08/17/2007

Talk Radio is about a man who shoots off his mouth at everyone who calls him up on his show. And some of them love him, but others hate him, and threaten him, and some of the one's who love him make stuff up to talk to him, than he blows them off. Quickly becoming well known for his bold and quirky air-presence he becomes a late night sensation, whereby depraved junkies, delinquents, racists, sociopaths, sickos, perverts and morons call in to be ridiculed on air. The film shows the rise and fall of the man's career, carefully making an accurate portrayal on freedom of speech. Originally adapted from a stage-play, the film attaches itself to the theatre theme that it was originally built around, and does an incredible job conveying the film's fierce nature.

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