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Straight Talk (1992)

A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host.

Director:

Barnet Kellman

Writers:

Craig Bolotin (story), Craig Bolotin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolly Parton ... Shirlee
James Woods ... Jack
Griffin Dunne ... Alan
Michael Madsen ... Steve
Deirdre O'Connell ... Lily
John Sayles ... Guy Girardi
Teri Hatcher ... Janice
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Erdman
Jerry Orbach ... Milo Jacoby
Philip Bosco ... Gene Perlman
Charles Fleischer ... Tony
Keith MacKechnie ... Gordon
Jay Thomas ... Zim Zimmerman
Amy Morton ... Ann
Paula Newsome ... Ellen
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Storyline

Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural, and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and as her popularity grows a local reporter starts digging for the truth. Problem is, the more he is around her, the more he fancies her. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

She Walked In The Wrong Door At The Right Time And Turned Chicago's Hottest Radio Station Upside Down! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sex related dialogue, and momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Famosa por error See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,575,746, 5 April 1992

Gross USA:

$21,202,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,202,099
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The television advertisements specifically promoted this film as a "date movie" for male-female couples. "Real people" were interviewed outside early screenings, with each of the women commenting on how their husbands loved the picture and loved Dolly Parton. This strategy failed to pay off, however, as "Straight Talk" garnered mainly an audience of women and Parton's devotees. See more »

Goofs

When Shirlee is on the Zim Zimmerman show, Zim asks her if she thinks her advice could potentially be harmful. When she is responding, the camera operator is seen walking closer to allow the camera to zoom in on her. Yet when the scene cuts to the control room, the cameras on Shirlee are all steady, not zooming in. See more »

Quotes

'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: I'm busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest
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Alternate Versions

From the big-screen to the video screen, Straight Talk was edited down. Several scenes, including a limo-ride, a longer resturaunt scene with Shirley and Jack, and several other minor scenes were reinstated when it aired on ABC network tv. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.4 (2002) See more »

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You Thought I Couldn't Dance
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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More going for it than you might think
11 July 2002 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Dolly starts out working at a dance hall but gets fired by her boss (played by John Sayles) and is sick of her abusive boyfriend (Michael Madsen) so she leaves for Chicago with his bowling ball.

Through a highly improbable set of circumstances, she becomes a radio 'therapist'; it comes easy to her since she's thoughtful, has common sense and some down-home charm. Soon she has a national following as 'Dr. Shirley.'

Soon she has James Woods' reporter following her around. He smells a story and thinks she might be a fake but cannot prove it. He also falls for her.

Comedy is supplied by Griffin Dunne's maniac/radio station exec, a very funny scene with Dr. Shirley on a talk show, and the chemistry between James Woods & Dolly Parton, two actors you might not think of in the same galaxy but who work together very well.

Small movie has a lot going for it. 7/10.


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