Talk To Me

Synopsis: The true life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. 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 Petey to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, 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
Director(s): Kasi Lemmons
Production: Focus Features
  9 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

in our attempts

to win over the Beltway.

This has always been

a station of the people

and in case you forgot,

most of the people

don't live in Georgetown.

Yeah, but the people who live

in Georgetown

do shop at Giant Foods

and Woody's.

Sponsors that pay your salary.

No. I pay his salary,

and yours.

Maybe I should start paying

your salary to him.

Sir, I think...

I'm serious.

What do you say, Dewey?

You think

you can turn us around?

Yes sir, I do.


Let's give it a try.

Good afternoon, gentlemen.

Sir, I just need

a minute of your time, please.

Hey, y'all, guess what?

I found out today

I ain't a con, y'all.

For real.

I am not a con,

or a felon, or a thug.

No. I am a miscreant.


Now, y'all know what that is?

Good morning.

That's a con, brother.

A felon, a thug.

We ain't in prison.

No, this

a correctional facility.

See, when you broke into

that car, or shot that nigga,

it wasn't 'cause you

a wrong-doing

motherfucker, no.

No, see,

you troubled, brother.

You disenfranchised.

The Tonight Show

Starring Johnny Carson.

And now...

All this wordplay

so that we don't have

to face the truth.

'Cause the truth is,

no matter how many ways

you try to slice it,

I'm a con.

Lights out!

And you a con, too.


Warden's got a little dick!

Warden's got a little dick!

Yeah! Come on, Warden!

What you got?

You got that little dick?

Who the hell is that man

on my tower?

Braxton, Poochie, sir.

Ten-to-fifteen, armed robbery.


Hey, Warden! You got a little,

itty-bitty dick! That's right!

That's you, Warden!

Shoot him.


Right between the eyes.

I don't know

if we can do that, legally.


he's not trying to escape.

Well, where in hell

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Michael Genet

Michael Genet (born August 25, 1958) is an American actor and screenwriter. He has guest starred in a number of television series based in the New York City area, they include The Equalizer, New York Undercover, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ugly Betty and the soap operas As the World Turns, One Life to Live.As a screenwriter, Genet wrote the film She Hate Me (2004), directed by Spike Lee, co-writing the film with Lee. Genet also appeared in the film playing the older brother of the film's protagonist, played by Anthony Mackie. Prior to this, he appeared in Lee's 2002 film 25th Hour. The next film he wrote Talk to Me (2007), was directed by Kasi Lemmons, co-writing the film with Rick Famuyiwa.Genet has also appeared in a number of Broadway stage productions. more…

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