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.



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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
Michael Tucker ...
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 <>

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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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One of five cinema movie collaborations of Woody Allen and actress Dianne Wiest. In two of them, Wiest won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Wiest also appeared in Allen's other 1987 movie September (1987). See more »


In the closing sequence, when Julie Kavner (Mother) says "I'm worried about the future," she spills champagne on the baby she is holding. She looks down briefly, but the camera ignores it and pans over. See more »


Narrator: For some miraculous reason, it's a wonderful feeling having a teacher you've seen dance naked in front of a mirror.
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Referenced in Spin City: Radio Daze (1997) See more »


Lullaby of Broadway
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Richard Himber on radio
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A wonderfully nostalgic, funny and historically interesting film.
15 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

In my opinion, Radio Days is right up there with Annie Hall though it's different in that it's following several people's lives. Woody doesn't act in this, but his narration is excellent.

He takes the wonderful old songs and commercials from that time and weaves them into the story. I was completely captivated.

It's not a "laugh a minute" type film, but it also gets you thinking. Nevertheless, it has some hilarious scenes. Check out the Jewish fasting holiday scene. I've watched it at least 6 times and I still laugh. Also the scene with Mia Farrow's character was superb. One of my favorite lines is when she tells a top radio producer in her high-pitched nasal voice, "Jeez. We can't keep meeting like this. In the backs of cars, movie theaters and stalled elevators. You're gonna lose your respect for me!" I love this film.

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