Talk To Me is a
2007 film about
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 movie 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
and nationwide on
was shot in Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada and Washington, DC.
The film received favorable reviews from critics. On the review
aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
, 81% of
critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 117 reviews. On
, the film had an average score
of 69 out of 100, based on 32 reviews.
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
Petey 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, 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
- "The real Petey Greene"