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In the 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell (Taraji P. Henson), the newly minted ex-con Petey (Don Cheadle) talks his way into an on-air radio gig. At WOL-AM, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk (Cedric The Entertainer) and Sunny Jim (Vondie Curtis Hall). Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling (Martin Sheen). As Petey’s voice, humor, and spirit surge across the airwaves with the vitality of the era, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power in America like few people ever have.

  • Release date:July 13, 2007


Awarded by
African American Film Critics Don Cheadle Best Actor 2007 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Don Cheadle Best Male Lead 2007 Nominee
Golden Satellite Award Don Cheadle Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2007 Nominee
Golden Satellite Award Taraji P. Henson Best Supporting Actress 2007 Nominee
African American Film Critics Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Supporting Actor 2007 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Supporting Male 2007 Winner


Don Cheadle
as Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Dewey Hughes
Cedric the Entertainer
as "Nighthawk" Bob Terry
Taraji P. Henson
as Vernell Watson
Mike Epps
as Milo Hughes
Martin Sheen
as E.G. Sonderling
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Sunny Jim Kelsey
Sean MacMahon
as Ronnie Simmons
Jeff Kassel
as WOL P.A.
J. Miles Dale
as Program Director


Kasi Lemmons
Joe Fries
Sidney Kimmel
Josh McLaughlin
Michael Genet
Screen Story
Michael Genet
Rick Famuyiwa
Stephane Fontaine
Hugh Masekela
Featured Music
James Brown
Featured Music
Les McCann
Featured Music
Terence Blanchard
Composer (Music Score)
Barry Cole
Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Cooke
Featured Music
Terilyn A. Shropshire
Warren Alan Young
Production Designer
Patrick Banister
Art Director
Don Cheadle
Executive Producer
William Horberg
Executive Producer
Joey Rappa
Executive Producer
Bruce Toll
Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale
Executive Producer
Cal Loucks
Set Decorator
Gersha Phillips
Costume Designer
Patricia Cuccia
Set Decorator
Stuart Provine
Sound/Sound Designer
Glen Gauthier
Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Nierenberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Gasparovic
First Assistant Director
Vicky Lambert
Victoria Thomas
Robin D. Cook
Dennis Chapman
Production Manager
Aaron Weintraub
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jay Nierenberg
Supervising Sound Editor
J. Miles Dale
Unit Production Manager
J. Miles Dale
Second Unit Director
Marc Fishman
Re-Recording Mixer
Tony Lamberti
Re-Recording Mixer
Jamie Jones
Stunts Coordinator
John LaForet
Special Effects Coordinator
David Insley
Second Unit Director Of Photography