DirectorKasi Lemmons Initial DVD releaseOctober 30, 2007 LanguageEnglish
WriterMichael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa Release dateMarch 12, 2007 (2007-03-12) (ShoWest)
July 13, 2007 (2007-07-13) ScreenplayRick Famuyiwa, Michael Genet CastDon Cheadle (Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dewey Hughes), Taraji P. Henson (Vernell Watson), Martin Sheen (E.G. Sonderling), Mike Epps (Milo Hughes), Cedric the Entertainer ('Nighthawk' Bob Terry) Similar moviesBlackhat, Straight Outta Compton, Bandits, Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, Hunger, Alvin and the Chipmunks
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Talk to Me is a 2007 biographical film about Washington, D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist, and Dewey Hughes, his friend and manager. The movie spans the time period May 1966 to January 1984, ending with the late Greene's memorial service.
The film premiered as the opening night film of the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival, on June 22, 2007. It opened in North America in a limited release on July 13, 2007 and nationwide on August 3, 2007. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Washington, DC.
Don Cheadle as Ralph Greene
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Dewey Hughes
Taraji P. Henson as Vernell Watson
Cedric the Entertainer as "Nighthawk" Bob Terry
Mike Epps as Milo Hughes
Martin Sheen as E.G. Sonderling
Vondie Curtis Hall as Sunny Jim Kelsey
Richard Chevolleau as Poochie Braxton
Alison Sealy-Smith as Freda
Elle Downs as Peaches
Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr. as James Brown
Damir Andrei as Frederick de Cordova
Jim Malmberg as Johnny Carson
The film received favorable reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 82% based on reviews from 126 critics. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 69%, based on 32 reviews.
Criticism over inaccuracies
The film has been criticized for allegedly not being true to the details of his life and career and for inventing incidents and rearranging locations, such as Petey's appearance on The Tonight Show, which never actually took place.
Greene's surviving family members did not cooperate with the making of the film and criticized it for taking liberties with his portrayal and those around him, such as showing Dewey Hughes giving a moving eulogy at Petey's wake, when in reality Hughes did not even attend the funeral.
In response to these criticisms, producer Joe Fries responded that the film was merely "inspired by" Greene and not a factual recounting of his life.
Awards and nominations
African-American Film Critics
Best Director: Kasi Lemmons (Winner)
Best Actor: Don Cheadle (Winner)
Best Supporting Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Winner)
Outstanding Motion Picture (Nominated)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Don Cheadle (Nominated)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson (Nominated)
Outstanding Director in a Motion Picture: Kasi Lemmons (Winner)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Nominated)
Outstanding Writing for a Motion Picture: Michael Genet & Rick Famuyiwa (Winner)
Independent Spirit Awards
Best Male Lead: Don Cheadle (Nominated)
Best Supporting Male: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Winner)
Best Ensemble (Winner)
Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy: Don Cheadle (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson (Nominated)