Talk Radio

Talk Radio

DVD - 2000
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A Dallas "shock jock" unloads on his radio audience, just as he is poised to achieve national fame.

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ManMachine
Jan 25, 2017

(Favourite movie quote) - "I'm here to lead you by the hand through the dark forest of your own hatred and anger and humiliation."

1988's Talk Radio was adapted for the screen from the successful Broadway play, which was co-written by Eric Bogosian. Bogosian, who stars in this film, had also collaborated with director Oliver Stone on the screenplay.

Talk Radio's story was inspired by the "real-life" murder of Radio Host, Alan Berg. Bogosian plays the Berg-like character, Barry Champlain, a Jewish radio personality from Dallas, Texas.

Champlain's caustic humour and genuine knack for cutting people down with his controversial views understandably garnered him a substantial amount of incredibly hostile callers and an equal amount of threatening hate-mail.

Of course, when it comes to one's enjoyment of Talk Radio, as a movie, it all pretty much depends on one's tolerance for this sort of Talk Radio Host.

Personally, I think that Oliver Stone did a really fine job of directing this film.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jan 24, 2017

Decent film about a shock jock radio host- makes an interesting flip to Howard Stern's meteoric rise from shock jock to multimedia billionaire.

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strider643
Mar 08, 2016

Very strong movie about a wide open DJ. Oliver Stone picture I believe and it is excellent with a dynamic script which is intellectually challenging. I just recently reserved it for a repeated viewing. Highly recommended.

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aqiva
May 24, 2014

The Bibliographic Description does not mention the movie was based on the work and murder of American Jewish radio DJ and talk show host Alan Berg. On June 19, 1984 Berg was murdered by American Christian terrorists who belonged to a group called The Order. The name of The Order was inspired by the name of a fictional group in the book The Turner Diaries. The Turner Diaries was the inspiration for the terrorist attack and murders of 168 Americans on April 19, 1985 at the Oklahoma City Federal building by Christian terrorists Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and assisted by Michael Fortier and Lori Fortier. (On April 19, 1943 Nazi general Juergen Stroop and his troops began the final liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto's Jewish prisoners in Poland, which resulted in the subsequent murder of almost all of the 50,000 Jews still alive in the ghetto. It is likely that McVeigh and Nichols chose April 19 as a symbolic date for their terror attack).

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