Imbued by a sense of urgency and anchored by a tremendous Eric Bogosian performance, Talk Radio constantly pours salt into the American wound, assaulting a way of living, a social and political narrow mindedness, and the inability to generate original thoughts. There’s a poignant vibrancy to Stone’s film, that raw type of energy of a punk band in its early days. It’s relentless, it’s contagious, it’s necessary.
Almost 2 hours running time is filled entirely with dialogues, but it's more suspenseful and more exciting than most action/adventure films. Radio show is presented as a battlefield, on one side the great charisma of Eric Bogosian and on the other society's disposals - all united in one of the best screenplays every written. It's a sedative for insomniacs, an exhaust for maniacs and eulogy for enthusiasts. A must see
Oliver Stone and Eric Bogosian strike sparks in this unremittingly intense exploration of a radio personality/artist pushing himself and his audience to the brink. Bogosian's Champlain uses his show to provoke, argue with and insult the ignorant, bigoted, hatefully sadistic perverts who call in to threaten him nightly. For Stone and the character life is an ideological battleground upon which no prisoners are taken.
Grande lavoro di Stone,che svolge magnificamente il suo rituale lavoro di denuncia del marcio della società Stelle e Strisce.Bellissimi i monologhi e gli scontri verbali,così come è bellissima l'esaltazione dell uomo dopo la morte,giunta dalle stesse bocche che lo dileggiavano in vita.Meno bello il flashback centrale.Crudo,anti-conformista,cattivo,diretto:l'Oliver Stone di un tempo. 4*
The first 20-odd minutes are just so crisp, but things became a bit too monotonous. Bogosian's performance is a powerhouse, and based on it alone this film needs to be seen, but I honestly feel like it could have clocked in at around 75 or 80 minutes rather than 110 and not lost anything.
One of the greatest performances I've ever seen from Bogosian and some of Bob Richardson's best work as well. A chaotic, claustrophobic work of grace & definition. Striving to expose the evil & stupidity in the world, only to reveal the short-sightedness of an individual who devotes them self entirely to their work.