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Monologist Eric Bogosian's one-man theater piece Talk Radio, co-written by [[Performer~P82299~Bogosian~ericbogosian]] and [[Performer~P314576~Tad Savinar~tadsavinar]], is searingly brought to the screen by [[Performer~P112907~Oliver Stone~oliverstone]]. [[Performer~P82299~Bogosian~ericbogosian]] plays provocateur radio talk-show host Barry Champlain, whose constant espousal of his inflammatory views and ceaseless hectoring of his callers and listeners reaps equal parts love and hate. As his program rolls on, Champlain is revealed to be just as screwed up as any of his fans, if not more. And then he pushes one caller just a bit too far. In co-adapting the play for the screen, [[Performer~P112907~Stone~oliverstone]] interweaves elements of [[Performer~P314846~Stephen Singular~stephensingular]]'s factual book Talked to Death, the story of a liberal Denver radio personality who was murdered at the behest of a militant right-wing hate group. One word of warning: if you're not a fan of the sort of radio depicted herein, chances are you won't warm up to this film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 1988


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Oliver Stone Best Director 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Eric Bogosian Best Actor 1988 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Eric Bogosian Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1988 Nominee


Eric Bogosian
as Barry Champlain
Alec Baldwin
as Dan
Ellen Greene
as Ellen
Leslie Hope
as Laura
John C. McGinley
as Stu
John Pankow
as Chuck Dietz
Zach Grenier
as Sid Greenberg
Linda Atkinson
as Sheila Fleming
William de Acutis
as John the Baptist
William de Acutis
as Ralph
Kevin Howard
as Fan #2
Park Overall
as Agnes/Debbie/Theresa
Jan-Michael Vincent
as Michael
Leigh French
as Newscaster
Michael Wincott
as Kent/Voice of Joe
Mimi Cochran
as Girl #1
Pirie MacDonald
as Judge Willard
Robert Trebor
as Jeffrey Fisher/Voice of Francine
Theresa Bell
Tony Frank
as Dino
John Seitz
as Rob
Al Clark
as Larry
Bill Johnson
as Fan #1
Anna Levine
as Denise/Woman at Baseball Game
Rockets Redglare
as Killer/Redneck Caller
Earl Hindman
as Black John
Earl Hindman
as Chet
Earl Hindman
as Jerry
Michele Mariana
as Rhonda/Elderly Woman/Julia
Bruno Rubeo
as Terry
Alan Corduner
as Vince/Morris
Chip Moody
as Announcer
David Poynter
as Engineer


Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
Stephen Singular
Book Author
Tad Savinar
Play Author
Eric Bogosian
Play Author
Eric Bogosian
Robert Richardson
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Joe Hutshing
David Brenner
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Peter Jamison
Production Designer
Areni Milo
Art Director
Edward R. Pressman
A. Kitman Ho
Derek R. Hill
Set Designer
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Joseph P. Reidy
First Assistant Director
Billy Hopkins