Talk to Me (2007 film)

Talk to Me

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kasi Lemmons
Produced by Don Cheadle
Written by Michael Genet
Rick Famuyiwa
Starring Don Cheadle
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Taraji P. Henson
Cedric the Entertainer
Mike Epps
Music by Terence Blanchard
Cinematography Stéphane Fontaine
Edited by Kenny Marsten
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • March 12, 2007 (2007-03-12) (ShoWest)
  • July 13, 2007 (2007-07-13)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,778,376

Talk to Me is a 2007 biographical film about Washington, D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist, and Dewey Hughes, his friend and manager. The movie spans the time period May 1966 to January 1984, ending with the late Greene's memorial service.

The film premiered as the opening night film of the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival, on June 22, 2007. It opened in North America in a limited release on July 13, 2007 and nationwide on August 3, 2007. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Washington, DC.[1]



The film received favorable reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 82% based on reviews from 126 critics.[2] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 69%, based on 32 reviews.[3]

Criticism over inaccuracies

The film has been criticized for allegedly not being true to the details of his life and career and for inventing incidents and rearranging locations, such as Petey's appearance on The Tonight Show, which never actually took place.[4]

Greene's surviving family members did not cooperate with the making of the film and criticized it for taking liberties with his portrayal and those around him,[5] such as showing Dewey Hughes giving a moving eulogy at Petey's wake, when in reality Hughes did not even attend the funeral.

In response to these criticisms, producer Joe Fries responded that the film was merely "inspired by" Greene and not a factual recounting of his life.

Awards and nominations


  1. "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  2. "Talk to Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  3. "Talk to Me (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  4. "The real Petey Greene"
  5. Tucker, Neely. "Left Out of the Picture". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
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