Words can kill...
Shock-jock Barry Champlain (Eric Bogosian) receives the biggest break of his career when his local radio show is targeted to become nationally syndicated. Glib, cynical, cruel but often very funny, Champlain is skilled in pushing people’s buttons and touching callers’ raw nerves. But with fame and success literally knocking at the door to his studio, Champlain does not relax or celebrate. Instead, he sweeps up his ex-wife (Ellen Green), his co-workers and his unstable radio audience into a darkly comic marathon bout of compulsive risktaking.
Shock radio is “just a job”, Champlain is told, just a form of entertainment, a show. But both he and his fans - the marginal, the pathetic, the angry, the lost, the confused, the extreme, the desperate and the dangerous - know better. They know that talk radio is not cheap and they know that words can kill...
Directed by Oliver Stone, TALK RADIO won the Silver Berlin Bear award for Outstanding Single Achievement (for Eric Bogosian, for his performance and screenwriting) at the 1989 Berlin International Film Festival. Oliver Stone was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the same Festival and the 1989 Independent Spirit Awards.
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- 1.85:1 anamorphic / Colour
- 110 minutes