Talk To Me

Never underestimate a man with something to say
Never underestimate a man with something to say


D: Kasi Lemmons

Focus Features (Don Cheadle)

US 2007

118 minsĀ 


W: Michael Genet & Rick Famuyiwa

DP: Stephane Fontaine

Ed: Terilyn A. Shropshire

Mus: Terence Blanchard

Don Cheadle (Petey Greene), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dewey Hughes), Taraji P. Henson (Vernell Watson), Cedric the Entertainer (Bob Terry), Martin Sheen (E.G. Sonderling)

Talk To Me is a biographical drama following the career of African-American Ralph 'Petey' Greene, an ex-convict who became a radio personality, stand-up comic and social activist from 1966 until his death in 1984.

The film has shades of Good Morning Vietnam, Lenny and Talk Radio as it presents a dramatisation of the events which lead to Green's breakthrough on Washington's WOL radio station, where listeners respected him for not holding back on his often-controversial opinions.

Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both excellent, but the film wavers between comedy and drama a little too much before settling on a tribute to Martin Luther King and social justice. It is littered with great dialogue and some great scenes in parts, but gets a little lost along the way, not unlike the real Petey Green himself.


Don Cheadle in Talk To Me
Don Cheadle in Talk To Me