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Radio Days (1987)

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

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Martin Rosenblatt ...
Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ...
Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland ...
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Julie Kurnitz ...
Irene
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Mick Murray ...
Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan ...
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Joe
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Abe
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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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,522,423, 1 February 1987, Limited Release

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$14,792,779
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As told by the narrator, the character of each member of the movie's family has their characterization reflected and revealed by their favorite radio program depicted in the movie. See more »

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During the "Pearl Harbor" scene, when the show is cancelled due to the bombing, Mia Farrow's character asks "Do we come back Monday?" Pearl Harbor Day happened on a Sunday, so she would had said "Do we come back tomorrow?" See more »

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Narrator: [First Lines] Once upon a time, many years ago, two burglars broke into our neighbors house in Rockaway. Mr. and Mrs. Needleman had gone to a movie and the following events occurred.
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Spoofs Name That Tune (1953) See more »

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If You Are But a Dream
(1941)
Written by Moe Jaffe, Nat Bonx and Jack Fulton
Adapted from "Romance" by Arthur B. Rubinstein (uncredited)
Performed by Frank Sinatra as background during the Radio City Music Hall scene
Courtesy of CBS Records
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well photographed trip in time
25 August 2005 | by 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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