Talk to Me


1h 58m 2007

Brief Synopsis

In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. to fully express himself--sometimes to outrageous effect--and "tell it like it is." With the

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Historical
Period
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. to fully express himself--sometimes to outrageous effect--and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell Watson, the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with fellow prison inmate Milo's brother Dewey Hughes. From the first wild morning on the air, Petey relies on the more straight-laced Dewey to run interference at WOL-AM, where Dewey is the program director. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk and Sunny Jim. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling. Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during an exciting and turbulent period in American history. As Petey's voice, humor, and spirit surge across the airwaves with the vitality of the era, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power in America like few people ever have. 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.

Crew

Mary Aaron

Makeup

Jeff D Adams

Grip

Kevin Alakas

Accounting Assistant

Kevin Alanthwaite

Gaffer

Gerry Alfonso

Accountant

Robert Althoff

Sound Re-Recordist

Pembrooke Andrews

Sound Editor

Paul Anka

Song

Nicole Jefferson Asher

Assistant

Jeremy Balko

Sound Editor

Jeremy Balko

Foley Mixer

Patrick Banister

Art Director

Cassandra Barbour

Rights & Clearances

Mark Beauchamp

Assistant Camera

Paul Becker

Choreographer

Archie Bell

Song

John Belleci

Best Boy Electric

Maria Belperio

Seamstress Supervisor

Lydia Benaim

Hair

Vincent Bennett

Music

Jim Black

Music

Terence Blanchard

Music Conductor

Terence Blanchard

Original Music

Terence Blanchard

Music

Terence Blanchard

Music Producer

Oren Bloedow

Music

Tanja Boening

Digital Effects Artist

Todd Bozung

Music Editor

Sarah Brandes

Loader

Allison Brandin

Other

Renée Bravener

Costume Supervisor

James Brown

Song

James Brown

Song Performer

John R Brown

Driver

Lloyd Brown

Set Decorator

Brad Bunn

Stunts

Robin Burgess

Music Coordinator

Stephan Burle

Titles

Jerry Butler

Song

Billy Buttier

Song

Luisa Cabiddu

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Mario Cacioppo

Makeup Artist

Clinton Cameron

Stand-In

Carlo Campana

Grip

Elio Campbell

Stand-In

Murdoch Campbell

Camera Operator

Fiona Campbell-westgate

Visual Effects Producer

Carlos Caneca

Lead Set Dresser

Bryn Caron

Assistant Director

Morgan Carpenter

Generator Operator

Johnny Carson

Song

Clarence Carter

Song Performer

Clarence Carter

Song

Carl Catanese

Set Decorator

Joseph Chambers

Song

Willie Chambers

Song

Renee Chan

Hair Stylist

Dennis Chapman

Production Manager

Jean Pierre Charbonneau

Construction Coordinator

Penny Charter

Assistant Director

Don Cheadle

Song Performer

Don Cheadle

Executive Producer

Jennifer Chovancek

Assistant Production Coordinator

Greg Chown

Storyboard Artist

Rhosael Ciandre

Hair Stylist

James C. Claggett

Location Manager

Paulette Clark

Production Manager

Marisa Clayton

Project Manager

John Clifford

Photography

Ed Cobb

Song

Rubina Cokar

Visual Effects

Adrian Colbert

Film Lab

Barry Cole

Music Supervisor

Arthur Conley

Song Performer

Arthur Conley

Song

Mary Cook

Hair

Robin D. Cook

Casting

Sam Cooke

Song Performer

Sam Cooke

Song

Gilles Corbeil

Steadicam Operator

Gilles Corbeil

Camera Operator

Steve Cropper

Song

Patricia Cuccia

Set Decorator

Suzette Daigle

Wardrobe Supervisor

J. Miles Dale

Executive Producer

J. Miles Dale

Unit Director

J. Miles Dale

Unit Production Manager

Steve Danhieux

Film Lab

Morgan Davidoff

Office Production Assistant

Sean Dawes

Best Boy Electric

Rob Del Ciancio

Digital Effects Artist

Tyler Delben

Assistant Director

Carlo Denuzzo

Craft Service

Joseph Dewar

Location Assistant

Avril Dishaw

Set Decorator

Heather Donald

Loader

Anand Dorairaj

Digital Effects Artist

Katherine Dorrer

Production Supervisor

William Doyle

Driver

Howard Drossin

Original Music

Donovan Drummond

On-Set Dresser

Mark Dufour

Best Boy Grip

Chris Dunn

Assistant Location Manager

Donald Dunn

Song

Tony Eldridge

Electrician

Alfred James Ellis

Song

Josh Evans

Music Engineer

Rick Famuyiwa

Screenplay

Tom Farr

Stunts

Steve Ferrier

Electrician

Joe Finely

Colorist

Marc Fishman

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Carol Flaisher

Production Supervisor

Charlotte Fleck

Dialect Coach

Catharine Fletcher

Wardrobe Supervisor

Eddie Floyd

Song Performer

Eddie Floyd

Song

Sttphane Fontaine

Director Of Photography

Sttphane Fontaine

Dp/Cinematographer

Ron Forward

Dolly Grip

Norm Foster

Driver

Elizabeth Fox

Post-Production Supervisor

Lorne Frederick

Driver

Danielle Frederickson

Transportation

Joe Fries

Producer

Lowell Fulson

Song

Ginny Galloway

Accountant

Kenneth Gamble

Song

Rusty Gardner

Video Assist/Playback

Walter Gasparovic

Assistant Director

Glen Gauthier

Sound Mixer

Chris Geair

Assistant Location Manager

Errol Gee

Stunts

Michael Genet

Screenplay

Michael Genet

Story By

Michael Gibson

Photography

Jim Gilchrist

Sound Mixer

John Glasser

Grip

Donna Gliddon

Wig Supplier

Chris Glover

Location Assistant

Wayne Godfrey

Wardrobe Supervisor

Mark R. Gordon

Producer

William J Gray

Assistant Camera

Al Green

Song

Al Green

Song Performer

Howard Green

Stunts

Pamela Green

Titles

Paul Greenberg

Graphics Coordinator

Joe Greene

Song

Rick Hall

Song

Carl Hamilton

Grip

Bob Hannah

Electrician

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Kenneth Harris

Grip

Tova Harrison

Office Production Assistant

Nicholas Hasson

Digital Effects Artist

Ivan Hawkes

Sound

Edwin Hawkeswood

Set Production Assistant

Isaac Hayes

Song

Charles Haynes

Music

Jennifer Heimpel

Assistant Art Director

Brian Heller

Director Of Photography

Brian Heller

Dp/Cinematographer

Jacqui Hemingway

Scenic Artist

Tim Hennessy

Assistant Camera

Anthony Hester

Song

Curtis Hibbert

Stunts

Derrick Hodge

Music

Sam Hofstedt

Music Engineer

Eric Holmes

Electrician

William Horberg

Executive Producer

Philemon Hou

Song

Sam Hudecki

Art Department

Leon Huff

Song

Dewey Hughes

Consultant

Glenn Hughes

Transportation Captain

Jacqueline Hurd

Transportation Coordinator

David Insley

Dp/Cinematographer

David Insley

Director Of Photography

Gord Ionson

Driver

Alvertis Isbell

Song

William Iversen

Grip

Al Jackson

Song

Robert Jackson

Adr Supervisor

Rodney Jackson

Assistant Director

Carl Jacobson

Film Lab

Simon James

Music Contractor

Alec Jarnagin

Camera Operator

Jef Lee Johnson

Music

Rogue Johnson

Stunts

Booker T. Jones

Song

Booker T. Jones

Song Performer

Brent Jones

Stunts

Gloria Jones

Song Performer

Jamie Jones

Stunt Coordinator

Kelly Jones

Stunts

Etheline Joseph

Hair Stylist

Mark Kelly

Music

Norm Kelner

Painter

John D Kennedy

Grip

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Historical
Period
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 13, 2007

Released in United States on Video October 30, 2007

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States September 2007

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival (Opening Film) June 21-July 1, 2007.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.

Previously in development at Fox 2000.

Released in United States Summer July 13, 2007

Released in United States on Video October 30, 2007

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 17-November 1, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival (Opening Film) June 21-July 1, 2007.)

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.)