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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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  • Who Is Petey Greene?
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  • Product Details

    • 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 (110 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000VNMMVQ
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Talk to Me (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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    27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on July 13, 2007
    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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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By thesavvybamalady VINE VOICE on December 15, 2007
    Format: DVD
    It is not often that you have a movie about someone who has done something significant for the African American community and bring it to the big screen. Sadly, though it becoming the case for those who have gone on as such is the case on this movie. (The upcoming The Great Debaters is a real close second); Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, who was a native of Washington D.C. spent most of his life in jail, but he had the gift of gab and a following at Lorton Penetentiary with a show of his own. Dewey Hughes, would have never heard of him if he wasn't in prison visiting his brother who tells him about Petey; TO keep him off his back and hoping he'll never be released, Hughes tells him to look him up once he's released, which he does. Hughes after some reluctance gets him on the air, and in turn becomes the voice of black D.C. The halves become a whole with Hughes guiding Petey's career with his own tv shows, stand up comedy and even a shot on Johnny Carson(Dewey's hero) becoming very successful. A great period piece. One thing that stands out in the movie is when Dewey tells Petey that he tells the things he can't say, but Dewey does the things Petey won't. More like the ying and the yang that worked out very well. One interesting tidbit. Dewey Hughes ended up owning WOL along with his then wife Cathy Hughes(who now owns Radio and TV One and influential figure to boot). For further info on Petey's life, check out Lurma Lackley's "Laugh If You Like, Ain't a Damn Thing Funny". he's also on Wikipedia. great movie and story.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on 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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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Jensen on 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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