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Talk to Me [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]
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Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. in Talk to Me. Petey's story is funny, dramatic, inspiring - and real. In 1960's Washington vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect, providing the perfect backdrop for the colourful and charismatic Ralph "Petey" Greene (Cheadle) to fully express himself, sometimes to outrageous effect. With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. Whilst his biting humor and social commentary initially get him into trouble, the station's program director, Dewey Hughes (Ejiofor) soon acknowledges Petey's unique ability to talk to his people, and the pair forge an engaging friendship. Petey soon becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys and as his voice, humor and spirit surge across the airwaves, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power during this exciting yet turbulent period in American history. Through the years, Petey's "the truth just is" style - on and off-air - would redefine both Petey and Dewey, and empower each to become the man he would most like to be, in this funny and poignant picture.
- 2 featurettes
- Deleted scenes
- 2 x theatrical trailers
Approx Run Time 113Mins
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`Talk' is the biopic of Petey Green, a man I have to admit to never having heard of. He is seen as one of the first shock jocks, but also as an important person in the civil rights movement. The film is as much about Dewey Hughes as it is Green. Hughes discovers and nurtures Green's talents, and as Green is constantly going off the rails, this is no easy task. Both Cheadle and Ejiofor carry this film brilliantly. I am a huge fan of both actors and they are able to take a by the numbers scripts, average direction, low budget and still make `Talk' a great film to watch.
Director Kasi Lemons falls deeply into the biopic trap of making the film feel like it was made for TV e.g. unambitious shots, few locations etc. At times the film feels like an extended episode of `Quantum Leap'. The main reason the film works is the chemistry between Cheadle and Ejiofor - two actors on top form. Ejiofor is perhaps playing more to type, but it is good to see Cheadle getting his chops into a seedier role. A biography worth watching for the acting and perhaps not much else.
As mentioned the direction is of a pretty mundane standard so the BluRay version is not needed. Included on the disc are some interesting documentaries about the real life characters and America of the 50-70s.
My husband had a "guys night" in and this was the movie all the brothers viewed. As they generally were all young men at the time this move was set, it was very emotional, hilarious and humbling for them. The music is essestial soul of the time, pulsating and rhythmic yet frustrating as no tune gets played completely but hey..
This is a great film lost &neglected in the mega bucks world of distribution. Buy it and watch it again..I know I will watch it again and again.
The film is set in the 1970s and is a low-key and a cozy account of the decade that really gives you a realistic feel for the times. I love everything about it -the music, the outfits- not to mention the jive-talking, which is good fun and hilarious. Yet at the same time the movie manages to be touching and nostalgic and really goes deep into the essence of the characters, the friendships and partnerships in addition to the racial turbulence of the time, which manages not to overshadow the enjoyment of the movie. This is definitely an underrated piece of art work by Kasi Lemmons as most quality and substance-based movies are these days, which is unfortunate. I've watched it over and over and still manage to be touched by characters and the acting.I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy black period dramas in general- such as Ray (based on the story of Ray Charles).
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