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A riveting look at the life of legendary DJ "Petey" Greene, Talk to Me goes beyond the typical biopic with explosive performances from Don Cheadle and Chiwetal Ejiofor. Read critic reviews

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Outspoken ex-convict Ralph "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle) talks his way onto the air at a white-owned radio station in 1960s Washington, D.C. Fueled by the new music and social upheaval of the times, he courts controversy while becoming the voice of the black movement.

Cast & Crew

Don Cheadle
Ralph "Petey" Greene
Martin Sheen
E.G. Sonderling
Peter MacNeill
Warden Cecil Smithers
Richard Chevolleau
Poochie Braxton
Sean MacMahon
Ronnie Simmons
Michael Genet
Screenwriter
Rick Famuyiwa
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Don Cheadle
Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale
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William Horberg
Executive Producer
Joey Rappa
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Bruce Toll
Executive Producer
Joe Fries
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Terence Blanchard
Original Music
Stéphane Fontaine
Cinematographer
Warren Alan Young
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Les McCann
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Critic Reviews for Talk to Me

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (23)

  • Don Cheadle brings sharp humor and deep passion to his portrayal of the Washington, D.C., disk jockey and talk-show host Petey Greene in this historically vital and acute bio-pic...

    April 27, 2020 | Full Review…
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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In its wrenching shift from farce to tragedy, and its evocation of the bridge offered by friendship, Talk to Me tells it, and keeps on tellin' it, much as 'Petey' Greene would have.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's a visually and aurally riveting trip to an important time from a perspective few here will know, about a person worth meeting.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A stronger screenplay and more sensitive direction would have made this movie into something far more genuinely uplifting than it is.

    November 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • The movie is decent enough, but contains Greene's story in a sentimentalised career arc.

    November 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Talk to Me

  • May 26, 2014
    Brilliant drama, Talk To Me based on the life of radio DJ Ralph "Petey" Greene, manages to be an engrossing picture, one that is engaging from the first frame onwards. I thought that the film's story was well written, and it boasted a great script, only elevated by two great performances its lead actors Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who have terrific on-screen chemistry, which makes this a stunning and accomplished drama. Greene was a controversial figure, and he wasn't afraid to speak his minds, and stand up for what he believed in. Cheadle channels that perfectly, and his performance here ranked as one of his finest of his career. Talk To Me is an accomplished drama, one that has hints of humor, just adds something a bit more to the serious story, and it works. The story and acting is sure to delight genre fans, and overall this is a compelling drama worth seeing due to its subject, it's acting and exceptional direction. Don Cheadle is always great to watch on-screen and here he delivers something unique and elevates his filmography even further because, he simply commands the screen with his presence, and the pairing of him and terrific actor, Ejiiofor is what makes this film definitely worth your time. I have a background in Radio, studied for four years in college, and seeing this film was a treat. "Petey" Greene was unique, and it's great to see Cheadle playing such a great figure and he brings his unique style to the role, which adds so much depth to the screen. Talk To Me is a great drama that is elevated by its cast, story and direction. If you love the genre, give this drama a shot, you'll surely find it very entertaining.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2013
    There has been some question as to how much of this story of Petey Greene is accurate. Nonetheless, these are outstanding performances from Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor that deserve kudos. The characters are fabulously well developed and the story is poignant.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2012
    A morning talk show host mobilizes a network of listeners during the Civil Rights era. The first act of this film sets up themes of negotiating "blackness," and set as it is during the Civil Rights era, this is an interesting question, pitting the executive against the ex-con. But the plot eventually degrades into thematically irrelevant and unfocused interpersonal dynamics that make the film as a whole more like <i>My Week with Marilyn</i> than <i>Malcolm X</i>, as Dewey Hughes, the radio executive, must keep Petey Greene, the host, from sabotaging both their careers. The performances by Don Cheadle, whose antics are barely on the right side of believability, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are very good. I especially like Ejiofor whose reserve and intensity are characteristic of his fine body of work. Overall, though the film has promise at the beginning, this biopic ultimately doesn't live up to expectations; it's just good enough to make me wish it were better.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2012
    Another feather in Mr. Cheadle's cap. Super-fun movie with a solid dose of history. Always nice to see a well-done true-story.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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