Talk Radio

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Released 1988

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Director:
Oliver Stone
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
Talk Radio is a 1988 character drama about a controversial radio host on the brink of breaking through to stardom. Barry Champlain (Eric Bogosian) has been hosting a late night call-in program that has stirred up attention and ratings. His sometimes vicious conversations with callers have also inspired a large dose of anger, especially for his liberal views. He receives death threats daily but he also has a huge audience of fervent followers who desperately want his advice, and the radio stations love the numbers he generates. The film covers one night on the radio with Barry subjecting his audience and his ex-wife (Ellen Greene) to a rollercoaster evening of love, hate and self-revelation. Oliver Stone directs this dark tale adapted from Bogasian's one-man show. The story is loosely based on the life of Alan Berg, a Denver radio host murdered by right-wing thugs, featured in the non-fiction book "Talked to Death" by Stephen Singular.
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    Showbiz, Independent, Crime