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Bogosian's play itself is based on the death of Denver DJ Alan Berg who was shot dead in 1984 by a White Power/Aryan group known as The Order.
Bogosian delivers a brilliant performance as Champlain - a former tailor's assistant in Dallas who is discovered by a local DJ and after audition, becomes a late-night DJ on a radio station.
The basic storyline is that Champlain does a nighttime show called 'Nighttalk' where he gets to talk live to various sick and twisted individuals who ring up. The characters who inhabit Champlain's life are Laura - his lover and assistant, Stew - his producer and similarly-sarcastic wit played by Stone favourite John C.McGinley and Dan the hard-nosed boss played by the brooding Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin is trying to get a national syndication deal for Bogosian and the Nighttalk show and a rep of Metrowave ,the company interested in the syndication is in the studio checking out Champlain's show. Champlain has had a bad night with lots of weird people ringing his show.
In the midst of all of this, Champlain's estranged wife Ellen (played by Ellen Greene) is coming to Dallas for a few days.It's not made clear why she is coming but it seems that he is under pressure and needs someone in his life who truly understands him - like Ellen does.Read more ›
A distant friend suggested that I watch this film, originally released in 1988, this week, in response to the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords in Tucson Arizona, the moderate Democrat who had been 'cross-haired' for elimination by Sarah Palin and who had already been violently targeted by rightist extremists more than once. Yes, this film is powerfully relevant to the toxic politics of the USA today, as well as being a powerful drama in itself, one of director Oliver Stone's most subtle classics.Read more ›
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Talk Radio, 1988 film
It begins with a view of the Dallas skyline at sunset. [Symbolism?] “Night Talk” with Barry Champlain begins on KGAB. Read more
This is a really good movie. If your into heavy dialogue long before Tarantino there was Bogosian. Stands the test of time as a simple movie executed great.Published 7 months ago by The Last J
Was not quite as obnoxious as the real life Alan Berg, but it got the point across.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a timeless film. I saw it last night and I am stunned, humbled and awed by the gigantic scope it gazes at and manages to achieve. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Harkanwar Anand
Touching story about talk radio's inner side. Not light material, very deep at times.Published 18 months ago by K. Jacobs
there is more media available to us now that we could never watch and enjoy/learn from it all. I would like to know that I am going to get something great back for the time I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by SmokingChicken
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