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Radio (2003)

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The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

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Michael Tollin

Writer:

Mike Rich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Radio
Ed Harris ... Coach Jones
Alfre Woodard ... Principal Daniels
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Maggie
Brent Sexton ... Honeycutt
Chris Mulkey ... Frank
Sarah Drew ... Mary Helen
Riley Smith ... Johnny
Patrick Breen ... Tucker
Debra Winger ... Linda
Bill Roberson ... Del
Kenneth H. Callender Kenneth H. Callender ... Don
Michael Harding ... Irv the Cop
Charles Garren Charles Garren ... Clive
Rebecca Koon ... Waitress
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Storyline

Set in 1976, real life Coach Jones befriends mentally disabled black student, Radio. They then form a friendship and bond over the football season. Though things take a turn for the worst when certain fans and parents feel that Radio is a distraction, and is getting in the way of the team succeeding.

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Taglines:

His courage made them champions.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Радио See more »

Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,303,724, 26 October 2003

Gross USA:

$52,333,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,293,628
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because the relationship between Radio and the town is ongoing (even up until the present day), the screenwriter chose to compress the highlights of the relationship to a one-year period. See more »

Goofs

The school buses have "Anderson County Schools" on the side. Public school buses in South Carolina were (and still are) owned and operated by the state, and have "South Carolina Public Schools" on the side. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Radio: That's a goo' one!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »

Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

For Your Precious Love
(1958)
Written by Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks, and Jerry Butler
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atco Records / Elektra Entertainment Group
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Sensitive and agreeable film with exceptional playing from Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris
3 May 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture deals with a mentally handicapped young man (Cuba Gooding) . He's taken under the wing a expert trainer (Ed Harris and married to forgotten Debra Winger) of a high school and takes deeply interest with him . He's nicknamed ¨Radio¨ because he likes listening the radio so much . In the beginning he suffers numerous jokes and misfortunes in charge of the team members but his goodness and kindness become him into a great inspiration for his community .

It's a brilliant and moving story , although being sometimes slow moving but relies heavily on the continued relation among them , but it doesn't make tiring . However , being amusing and entertaining , though overly sentimental . In the picture is developed some ethics and moral issues such as friendship , helpless youthful , familiar assistance.. ..narrated in nice sense of ductility and sensibility . Because the relationship between Radio and the town is ongoing , even up until the present day , the screenwriter choose to compress the highlights of the relationship to a one-year period . Cuba Gooding is terrific , he plays perfectly the severally mentally retarded young man , making a perceptible and enjoyable interpretation . In addition , Ed Harris acting as the good coach is top-notch . Sensational and awesome musical score by the great James Horner (Windtalkers , A beautiful mind) . Excellent cinematography by Don Burgess (Spiderman , Terminator 3) , he's Robert Zemeckis's usual cameraman . This film based on real deeds was well directed by Michael Tollin . Rating : Better than average . It's a winner for Cuba Gooding and Ed Harris fans .


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