Talk Radio (1988)
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Monologist Eric Bogosian's one-man theater piece Talk Radio, co-written by Bogosian and Tad Savinar, is searingly brought to the screen by Oliver Stone. Bogosian plays provocateur radio talk-show host Barry Champlain, whose constant espousal of his inflammatory views and ceaseless hectoring of his callers and listeners reaps equal parts love and hate. As his program rolls on, Champlain is revealed to be just as screwed up as any of his fans, if not more. And then he pushes one caller just a bit
Dec 1, 1988 Wide
Oct 31, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video
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Talk Radio...is a nearly perfect example of how not to make a movie of a play.
It's midnight in America and there's a lot of angry people out there in the darkness. If that's the main point to Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, it's the only one.
Talk Radio has the loony intensity of those impassioned conspiracy theorists who look out at the world and see patterns of corruption spreading in all directions...it's another of Stone's wake-up calls to America.
He asks an accepting audience, both in the film and in the theater: How much crap will you take, and why?
One of Stone's unqualified failures, by which I mean that even his usually muscular style can't partially redeem.
Holds up a disturbing image of a consumer culture where trash is viewed as treasure and excess spells success.
Far more Eric Bogosian than Oliver Stone, and still timely, even after fifteen years.
Oliver Stone's overly dramatic new ending puts a damper on things, but Bogosian has never been more magnetic
Powerful. Eric Bogosian is a revelation.
Oliver Stone...turns [Eric Bogosian's] play into a visually achieved, intense and unforgettable movie.
If you've ever listened to late-night talkback and found some of the callers unsettling, you're bound to relive that feeling
Audience Reviews for Talk Radio
- Barry Champlain: I don't want to hear anymore! Stop talking!
- Barry Champlain: [to a caller about the most powerful drug ever sold] It's tobacco. It kills 350,000 people a year. You know how much coke, crack, heroin, pot kill every year? Four thousand people. Will you listen to sense? Hello? Let me check. Will you listen to logic, please? The only people who benefit from prohibition... are the gangsters makin' the money on it, the politicians condemning it and gettin' your vote. And who foots the bill? You, Rhonda Q Sucker!
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