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Talk to Me (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Don Cheadle , Chiwetel Ejiofor  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VNMMVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Talk to Me (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Deleted Scenes
  • Who Is Petey Greene?
  • Recreating P-Town

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    Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. in this funny, feel-good and inspiring true story. Ex-convict Greene talks his way into an on-air radio gig with program director Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and his unprecedented "tell it like it is" style breaks all the rules while electrifying a city and bringing a nation together when it needs it the most. Also starring Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps and Martin Sheen, Talk to Me tells the extraordinary story of an outrageous and beloved voice ready to shake up the world in the movie critics are hailing as "fresh and revelatory" (Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times).

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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    I had heard an hour long expose on the life of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene and Dewey Hughes on National Public Radio and was fascinated by the story of their extraordinary partnership/friendship at WOL-AM radio.Arrested for armed robbery and handed a ten -year prison sentence,Petey becomes the disc jockey at Lorton Prison.Upon early release, Petey marches into WOL for a job.With Hughes reluctant help Petey becomes the voice and conscience for Black Americans on talk radio.He is soulful, insightful,many times drunk!...... Interesting story!

    Well, this story has become a film to be reckoned with, and in the hands of acting greats Don Cheadle as Petey and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Hughes TALK TO ME is turned into the finest bit of on-screen time by two men this year. These two gentlemen KNOW how to handle their characters.Two finer performances, I dare say, will not be seen this year that are portrayed with such depth,skill and finesse.LET'S TALK OSCARS and GLOBES HERE!!!

    Actress Kasi Lemmons of EVE'S BAYOU fame has made an outstanding film .This gifted actress is also a gifted writer and director. She knows how to let a story unfold and implicitly trusts her stars to do the job naturally and with control.

    Also featuring Michael Epps as Hughes' brother and Teraji henson as Petey's girlfriend, Vernell, This film is pure and seamless ensemble work at it's finest. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 'Talk to Me' Has Much To Say January 17, 2008
    Format:DVD
    The Kasi Lemmons-lensed "Talk to Me," starring Don Cheadle as notorious shock jock and television personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, is an absorbing, way to spend two hours. A historical drama laced with sharp doses of comedy, the film depicts the roller coaser ride of Greene's life and provides the perfect vehicle for the incredible Cheadle to sink his teeth into.

    In mid-1960's Washington D.C. Greene is five years into a sentence at Lorto Reformatory for armed robbey and already infamous as the prison disc jockey when he crosses paths with Dewey Hughes, portrayed by the engaging Chiwetel Ejiofor, a representative of local AM radio station WOL who is leaving the facility after visiting his brother.

    "Your brother said y'all need a new DJ at that radio station," Greene says to Hughes. "Hey, I'm your man!"

    "You're in prison," he replies.

    "It's a minor challenge."

    Through smart maneuvering Greene is able to procure an early release, and persistence pays off when he lands his own radio program "Rapping with Petey Greene," although he is under the watchful eye of station head E.J. Sonderling, played by Martin Sheen. Though initially fired for his dirty mouth and brazen manner, it soon becomes clear that he must be reinstated; the people have spoken, and he is their voice. When shocking events like the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rock the city and bring the turbulent decade to a head, Greene is there to calm the sad, the angry and all in-between as his popularity continues on the upswing. With Hughes as manger and creative partner, will he savor his newfound position as local luminary, or grow too big for his own shoes?
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    This movie must have gotten lost in the shuffle of big blockbuster releases and it deserves so much better. In the 1960s and `70s, Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) talking, as a "tell it like it is" radio DJ in Washington, D.C. You may have never heard of him but he was so popular in the D.C. area, that when he died more than 10,000 people came to his memorial service. Petey was funny, inspiring and a fierce community activist. He was, at times, also over the top with his self-destructive behavior. He was an ex con man, and Cheadle's portrayal is right on target. The "git down" Petey you hear and see on-screen, by all accounts is Petey Greene as he was, unlike the shock jock posers of today.

    When Petey cons his way into an early parole, he looks up Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejofor), the brother of a fellow inmate, and someone who had cracked to Petey to come and see him about a job when he got out. Dewey is program director at WOL-AM, a popular urban radio station geared to black music that sees its audience slipping away to edgier DJs. Dewey is a button-down type, in charge of hiring, and on his way to the top at the station owned by E.G. Sonderling (Martin Sheen). How Petey fast talks his way onto the air for the first time, with Dewey's help, is funny but it also offers a critical look at how people stereotype one another. Petey was able to keep it real in prison, and now on the outside, in part because of his sexy girlfriend Vernell (Taraji P. Henson of Hustle of Flow). Now he's able to connect with the radio audience, not just because he plays good music but he's always up front with his on air persona. Petey pulls no punches with his biting social commentary and his invitation to listeners to call him with their thoughts. "Talk to me," he tells them.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Before there was Howard there was Petey March 26, 2008
    Format:DVD
    Fantastic! In all ways! You just can't go wrong with Don Cheadle. He's that good. I love seeing the 60's and 70's as they were such a potent time in our country and I never tire of the clothes and styles of speech from that era. Any great movie captures the emotions of that time as this one did. Love watching the birth of trend setters, too. This character was smooth and abrasive at the same time. That's an enjoyable quality to witness. Petey stuck to his guns throughout a life filled with controversy. He never wavered. That's admirable. When the two main characters acknowledge what their friendship means to each other, it's powerful. A friend had been trying to get me to watch this for months. Glad I finally listened!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    ENJOYED SUBJECT MOVIE. GOOD ACING AND STORY (BIO)
    ENJOYED MOVIE (BIO). VERY GOOD ACTING AND STORY>
    Published 6 days ago by Jay
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Storm
    Don Cheadle is my favorite actor. Petey Greene is my favorite radio personality of all time. The fact that this is non fiction and throw in the sexy Taraji Henson, you have the... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by CBAZZ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Girl73
    I love, love, love this movie. It was so funny. Don Cheadle was awesome. Taraji P. Henson was at the top of her game.
    Published 2 months ago by Caramel Alc
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Film!
    A cult film with Oscar worthy acting! Show this one during adult movie night and your family and friends will enjoy.
    Published 3 months ago by Pamela S.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
    I love this movie because I love Taraji and Don!!!! This movie also reflects on a bit of social media history.
    Published 3 months ago by Sonya
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    This is an entertaining and informative look at the life of Ralph "Petey" Greene. It was recommended for me by someone who thought that it was a great example of Vernell... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Solari Reeder
    4.0 out of 5 stars solid movie
    plot is redundant in terms of rising to stardom and overcoming race-based adversity (specifically during the civil rights movement). Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Kristin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and great quality
    Is awesome easy fast. And. Average price so I will Rent more movies at amazon not bad for my first time
    Published 5 months ago by jjmg
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film!
    This is simply one of the best movies I've EVER seen! Don Cheadle (whom I consider a gifted actor) is superb and so is the support cast. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Panama Slim
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    Good movie, nice story line, fact based, good running time. I liked the actors. I didn't have to leave the house to watch or rent this movie.
    Published 6 months ago by damon
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