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Radio Days (1987)

 -  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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Burglar
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Burglar
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'Guess That Tune' Host
Martin Rosenblatt ...
Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ...
Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland ...
Child Star
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Mother
Julie Kurnitz ...
Irene
David Warrilow ...
Roger
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Masked Avenger
Mick Murray ...
Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan ...
Avenger Announcer
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Joe
Michael Tucker ...
Father
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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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30 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Radio Days  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,792,779 (USA)
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William H. Macy:  As a Radio Actor. See more »

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The song sung by Frank Sinatra on screen in the scene at Radio City Music Hall, "If You Are But a Dream," [written by Moe Jaffe (my father), Nat Bonx, and Jack Fulton], was published in 1942, after the supposed date of the event portrayed. Additionally, the particular recording used in the film dates from 1944. See more »

Quotes

Mother: I think you have these qualities that you demand and when you meet a nice man you disqualify him for the smallest fault.
Bea: That's not true.
Mother: So, what was wrong with Nat Bernstein?
Bea: He wore white socks with a tuxedo!
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Referenced in NewsRadio: Bill's Autobiography (1995) See more »

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Begin the Beguine
(1935)
Written by Cole Porter
Played as dance music at the nightclub
Sung briefly by David Warrilow (uncredited) on the roof
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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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