R | | Biography, Drama, History
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.
An earlier version of this film was in development in June 2000. It was to be titled "Petey Greene's Washington" and star Martin Lawrence. Greene's biographer Lurma Rackley was to write the script but contract negotiations broke down.
Wake up, goddammit!
In the scene where Petey and Dewey lock themselves in the DJ booth, Greene puts on an LP featuring Les McCann and Eddie Harris' song "Compared to What". The album the song appears on, 'Swiss Movement', wasn't released until 1969, though the scene predates Martin Luther King's assassination in April 1968. Another circa-1968 montage, set to Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher", is set to a song released in 1969.
$402,000 (USA) (15 July 2007)
$4,472,823 (USA) (23 September 2007)
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