Talk to Me

The truth just is


Talk to Me
This biopic is based on the life of a famous American DJ. Discovered while in prison, he wangled his way into a prime-time morning slot, and soon developed a devoted following. Set in the turbulent 1960s, history was being made all around him. Things came to a head when Martin Luther King was shot, and the DJ used his influence and oratory skill the next morning to help calm emotions and prevent rioting.

117 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language).
Biographical, Comedy, Drama.
I like what your lips are saying...
I like what your lips are saying...

Credits

Cast
Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps, Peter MacNeill, Adam Gaudreau, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen
Director
Kasi Lemmons
ScreenplayMichael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa
MusicTerence Blanchard
CinematographyStéphane Fontaine
EditingTerilyn A. Shropshire
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced bySidney Kimmel Entertainment, Mark Gordon Productions, Pelagius Films, The Mark Gordon Company

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Trailer: Medium

Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDocumentary, drama
LanguageVery frequent, very strong, but contextual.
NudityOne brief scene — man from rear.
SexOne brief scene — implied but close up.
ViolenceInfrequent, close up, implied.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsTells the story of Petey Green, a radio DJ, who became famous around the time that Martin Luther King was killed. Very inspiring, though has lots of strong language.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
3
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
1
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Helen Herimbi
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
10
Cape Times
Carina Chocano
10
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal quote iconElevated from the mundane by powerful performances, retro cinematography and a great soundtrack.
15
The Citizen
Peter Feldman quote iconTalk to Me jumps out at you from the screen, carries you along with its momentum and excitement.
16
24.com
Tiisetso Tlelima quote iconTalk To Me has all the ingredients that make a good movie: brilliant actors and a thought-provoking story-line that's relevant to our lives. But Lemmons' second-rate direction kills the show.
10
BBC
Paul Arendt quote iconA traditionally handsome biopic bursting with 1960s period detail and firecracker performances, Talk To Me tackles one of the most volatile periods in American history, but tragically finds nothing interesting to say about it.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconDon Cheadle gives a fascinating performance as a man able to step out of a cell and into a broadcast booth, but not sure where to step next.
18
eye Weekly
quote iconThough the film's adherence to biopic conventions makes some scenes stodgily predictable, Talk to Me is continually energized by the calibre of the lead performances and its vivid portrayal of a pivotal period in African-American history.
10
ScreenIt
quote iconA blast to watch in the first half but a bit less so as the second hurriedly progresses from one episodic moment to the next, the film -- fueled by strong, award-worthy performances from its two leads -- should introduce a whole new set of eyes and ears to the words, wisdom and style of one of talk radio's trailblazers.
13
Metacritic.com
33 critics
14
Rottentomatoes critics
114 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconA riveting look at the life of legendary DJ ''Petey'' Greene.
16

What the People say

Internet
2511 Netizens quote iconBarely a scene overplayed.
15

Average .. 66%

13




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