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Based loosely on the life of the murdered talk-radio personality Alan Berg, TALK RADIO stars monologist Eric Bogosian as the abrasive, self-loathing talk-radio host Barry Champlain. He spends his nights at Dallas station KGAB engaged in vitriolic conversations with a motley assortment of racists, anti-semites, rednecks, and all-purpose lunatics. Just having learned that his show has a chance to be picked up for national syndication, Barry seems to have ratcheted up the abuse level to new heights, worrying his co-workers. Yet while Barry's career is taking off, studio boss Dan (Alec Baldwin) angers him by trying to alter the provocative content of his show. At the same time, Barry's having problems with his girlfriend and ex-wife, Ellen (Ellen Greene). And a neo-Nazi group is making increasingly menacing calls, forcing him to the edge of a possible nervous breakdown. A compelling take on the dynamics of hate radio and the wages of narcissism, Oliver Stone's film is exceptionally well shot and acted, directed with claustrophobic concentration.
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 2 months ago by The Last J
Was not quite as obnoxious as the real life Alan Berg, but it got the point across.Published 7 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 12 months ago by Harkanwar Anand
Touching story about talk radio's inner side. Not light material, very deep at times.Published 13 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 14 months ago by SmokingChicken
I was so pleased to be able to source this item. "Talk Radio" is an important film. I have had it on laserdisc, but I wanted to archive it on DVD. Read morePublished 15 months ago by MrBadExample
I'm a fairly young guy, but I've always been into talk radio for some reason. If you're like me and you like your films a little dark, this one might be for you.Published 17 months ago by Matt M.