Talk Radio

Synopsis: An acerbic radio talk show host based in Dallas starts what could be an important few days when he discovers that his controversial late night show is about to be "picked up" by a nationwide network of radio stations. However, all is not perfect for him, because on top of troubles with his love life and fears that the management of the network will try to alter the content of his show he has to cope with a neo-nazi group who have been angered by his forthright opinions.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

There's a tornado watch|for a portion of West Texas.

Brian Chadwick is with the county|sheriff's office in Sweetwater.

We're trying to get the word out to|the community to brace themselves.

We hope this thing's not gonna|develop into a real funnel...

but after Saragosa, we're|not taking any chances.

The National Weather Service says|the storm is moving northeast...

and with the exception of some rain, it|shouldn't affect the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

That's news, sports and weather. I'm|Frank Castle for KGAB talk radio news.

From the heart of|the Lone Star state,

it's time for Dallas'|most popular talk show,

Night Talk|with Barry Champlaign.

# Bad to the bone #

The KGAB phone lines are open|and ready for your call...

at 555-TALK.

And now your host for Night|Talk, Barry Champlaign.

- The worst news|of the night is that...

three of four people say they'd rather|watch TV than have sex with their spouse.

The second worst news is that some|kids needed money for crack last night,

so they stuck a knife in the throat|of an 80-year-old grandmother...

down on Euclid Avenue|right here in Dallas.

One night|in one American city.

Multiply that by hundreds of|cities and what have you got?

A country where culture means|pornography and slasher films,;

where ethics means payoffs,|graft, insider trading,;

where integrity means Iying,|whoring and intoxication.

This country is|in deep trouble, people.

This country is rotten to the core and|somebody better do something about it.

Take your hand out of that bowl of|Fritos, throw away your National Enquirer,

and pick up the phone,|hold it up to your face...

and dial 555-TALK.

Open your mouth and tell me what we're|gonna do about the mess this country's in.

Talk radio- it's the last|neighborhood in town.

People don't talk|to each other anymore.

Let's go to|the first caller.

A lot of problems with the|country today have a lot do...

- with the continued exploitation|of the third world countries.

Wait. Third world countries? Where'd|you learn that phrase, in college?

Do you know what it means?|You're getting off the track.

We're not getting off the track,|we're getting on.

Josh, go back to college. When|you graduate, give me a call.

A prime example of that|uniquely American institution;

the concerned|bleeding-heart liberal...

looking for people with|problems he can call his own.

Francine in Oakline.|I'm a transvestite.

I'm trying to save money|for an operation...

What interest do you think your adventures|in surgery hold for my listeners?

It's something I have to talk|about. I don't. Night Talk.

Let me put you on hold. You slip|some testosterone into Barry's coffee?

The guy's possessed tonight.|He's a little tense.

Get outta here!

Sometimes I come home from work and|we have dinner together, you know?

No, I don't know. You have|dinner at the table with your cat?

With a tablecloth and|candles? No, Barry.

Just her own plate on the floor. Good.

But we eat the same things. Like if I|have a pork chop, she has a pork chop.

If I have a veal,|she has a veal.

Glenn, take my advice.

Stop hangin' around with|the p*ssy. Go find some.

I'm listening, Michael.|What's up?

Yeah, I heard your little|advertisement there for the pizza place.

Yeah, Jericho's Pizza. I love|that pizza. Don't you like it?

You sound like you'd love|it. I enjoy Jericho's Pizza.

What I wanted to say to you|tonight, Mr. Champlaign, was...

I have an interest in this place,|or at least, some friends of mine...

Just use one-syllables, Billy,|if it's difficult. Oh, Michael.

Hey, smart guy.|Just use one-syllable...

Smart guy?|We're being- Smart guy.

We got somebody with|a little lip on us tonight.

Hey.|Don't call me "Hey."

This is not a conversation. This|is a monologue. I talk, you listen.

Understand me?|Oh, yeah, we're listening.

Yes? Go ahead.

I don't want you makin' any more|comments about the pizza joint.

Do you have relatives that run the|place? People gotta make money on this.

Uncle Vinnie or someone?|There are people...

You know what, Michael?|You're a meatball.

- Debbie in Highland Park.|- My name is Debbie.

Hello, Debbie.|How old are you?

I'm 23.|Uh-huh.

What do you do?|I don't do anything.

When was the last time|you did something?

I don't know.|About a month ago.

What'd you do a month ago?|I went swimmin'!

Mm-hmm.|What do you do for money?

I got my brother.|I haven't made any.

Debbie, you're a leech.

Don't you think it's time you got|off your duff, started making money?

Well, not really.|I got everything I want.

But, Debbie, what do you need? Well...

What are you missing that|you need? A guy. A boyfriend.

A guy? What do you have|to offer a guy?


I have nice,|shiny long hair...

A guy could buy|himself a wig.

You can tell I don't have a wig.|It never falls off.

You're terrific, darling.|But seriously, Debbie.

Aren't you shooting for anything more|in life than looking for a free meal?

Not really.

You wanna lie around till you|find somebody to take care of you.

Yeah.|You're dynamic, darling.

Rhonda from Garland on the line.|Rhonda, you're on Night Talk.

Barry, I want to|express my views...

What are you doing, Steve?|Looking at this Dietz guy.

...up in New York City, givin'|out needles to drug addicts.

They have to do it to stop|AIDS. Clean needles help.

It's immoral for the|government of this country...

tax dollars to be|goin' to addicts.

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Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian (born April 24, 1953) is an American actor, playwright, monologuist, novelist, and historian. more…

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