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Radio Days (1987)

PG | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.



Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Guess That Tune' Host
Martin Rosenblatt ...
Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ...
Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland ...
Child Star
Tess, the mother
Julie Kurnitz ...
David Warrilow ...
Masked Avenger
Mick Murray ...
Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan ...
Avenger Announcer
Martin, the father


Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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30 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de radio  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)


$14,792,779 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diane Keaton: As a New Year's Singer. See more »


In one scene, a pack of Camel cigarettes lies on a table, with a clearly visible bar code on the side of the package. The Universal Product Code would not be introduced until the 1970s. See more »


Abe: Only creeps and crazy people go out on new year's eve.
Ceil: Then you should definitely go out, Abe.
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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) See more »


Paper Doll
Written by Johnny Black (as Johnny S. Black)
Performed by The Mills Brothers on radio
Courtesy of MCA Records
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well photographed trip in time
25 August 2005 | by (La La Land) – See all my reviews

Woody's best " memory" piece has great set designs, a sad and funny script and the usual great, well chosen cast, including a very young Seth Green playing Allen as a boy. Diane Wiest and Julie Kavner excel strongly in the female leads, Allen's voice narrates the whole picture, and Mia Farrow squeaks deliciously as a bimbo cigarette girl who gets a culture make-over. This is the only Allen movie that both Farrow and Diane Keaton appear in (she has a very brief cameo singing a song in a night club.) The final scene on top of the roof is almost bittersweet, altho it is nice to see a landscape filled with wide eyed people, before the world was dominated by television. The story becomes even more poignant as you age. Watch it repeatedly over different stages of your life...

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