Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 2007
Talk to me
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Durée : 118 minutes
Genre : portrait
Type : fiction


L’histoire (vraie) de Ralph « Petey » Greene, homme de radio à Washington D.C. radio, une ex-icone qui est devenu un animateur d’un talk show populaire et militant dans les années 60.

Un film de Kasi Lemmons.

USA, 2007, Fiction

Réalisatrice : Kasi Lemmons

Focus Features et Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
une production Mark Gordon Company/Pelagius Films.

avec Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Vondie Curtis Hall, and Martin Sheen.

Musique : Terence Blanchard.
Costumes : Gersha Phillips.
Montage : Terilyn A. Shropshire, A.C.E.
Décors : Warren Alan Young.
Directeur de la Photographie : Stéphane Fontaine, A.F.C. (France)
Producteurs Délégués : William Horberg, J. Miles Dale, Joey Rappa, Bruce Toll, Don Cheadle.
Produit par Mark Gordon, Sidney Kimmel, Joe Fries, Josh McLaughlin.

Histoire originale de Michael Genet.
Scénario de Michael Genet et Rick Famuyiwa.

Distribué par Focus Features.


The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph « Petey » Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps, Peter MacNeill.

Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo « Petey » Greene Jr.; Petey’s story is funny, dramatic, inspiring – and real. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself – sometimes to outrageous effect – and « tell it like it is. » With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell (Taraji P. Henson), the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with fellow prison inmate Milo’s (Mike Epps) brother Dewey Hughes (double Golden Globe Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor). From the first wild morning on the air, Petey relies on the more straight-laced Dewey to run interference at WOL-AM, where Dewey is the program director. At the station, 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 (Emmy Award winner Martin Sheen). Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during an exciting and turbulent period in American history. 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. Through the years, Petey’s « The truth just is » style – on – and off-air – would redefine both Petey and Dewey, and empower each to become the man he would most like to be.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa

Original story by
Michael Genet

Don Cheadle… Petey Greene
Chiwetel Ejiofor… Dewey Hughes
Bruce McFee… Prison Sign-In Guard
Mike Epps… Milo Hughes
Peter MacNeill… Warden Cecil Smithers
Adam Gaudreau… Escorting Guard
Taraji P. Henson… Vernell Watson
Cedric the Entertainer…’Nighthawk’ Bob Terry
Martin Sheen… E.G. Sonderling
J. Miles Dale… Program Director
Sean MacMahon… Ronnie Simmons
Richard Chevolleau… Poochie Braxton
Martin Randez… Hadley
Todd Schroeder… Guard Captain (as Todd William Schroeder)
Vondie Curtis-Hall… Sunny Jim Kelsey (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Jeff Kassel… WOL P.A.
Alison Sealy-Smith… Freda
Johnie Chase… Bar Patron 1
Eugene Clark… Bar Patron 2
Benz Antoine… Bar Patron 3
Warren Alan Young… Bartender
Elle Downs… Peaches
Ngozi Paul… Susan
Malik McCall… Rioter
Matt Birman… Business Man
Herbert Rawlins… James Brown (as Herbert L. Rawlings Jr.)
Vicky Lambert… Backup Singer #1
Mantee Murphy… Backup Singer #2
Josh McLaughlin… TV News Anchor
Richard Fitzpatrick… Charles Sumner
Damir Andrei… Fred De Cordova
Jim Annan… Tonight Show P.A.
Donald James Malmberg… Johnny Carson (as Jim Malmberg)
David Brown… Jail Guard (as Dave Brown)
Robert J. Tavenor… Engineer (as Robert Tavenor)

Nadège August… Caller (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Carson… Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lyndon Johnson… Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martin Luther King… Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bette Midler… Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Towanda Underdue… Charity Worker (uncredited)

Produced by
Don Cheadle…. executive producer
J. Miles Dale…. executive producer
Joe Fries…. producer
Mark Gordon…. producer
William Horberg…. executive producer
Sidney Kimmel…. producer
Josh McLaughlin…. producer
Joseph Rappa…. executive producer (as Joey Rappa)
Bruce Toll…. executive producer

Original Music by
Terence Blanchard

Director of photography
Stéphane Fontaine (AFC, France)

Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire

Casting by
Robin D. Cook & Victoria Thomas

Production Design by
Warren Alan Young

Art Direction by
Patrick Banister

Set Decoration by
Patricia Cuccia
Carolyn’Cal’ Loucks (Cal Loucks)

Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips

Makeup Department
Mary Aaron…. makeup artist: New York (as Mary R. Aaron)
Lydia Bensimmon…. hair stylist: Washington DC (as Lydia Bensimmon-Benaim)

Runtime: 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Camera: Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Negative Format: 35 mm (Kodak)
Printed Film Format: 35 mm (anamorphic)

A Focus Features and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment presentation of a Mark Gordon Company/Pelagius Films production.

A Focus Features Release.

Source: imdb / Focus Features.
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