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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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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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Tess, the 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
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Martin, the 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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Días de radio  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,522,423 (USA) (1 February 1987)

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$14,792,779 (USA)
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Woody Allen, Dianne Wiest, Diane Keaton, Mercedes Ruehl; and three Oscar nominees: William H. Macy, Danny Aiello, Todd Field See more »

Goofs

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

Rabbi Baumel: Radio... It's all right once in a while. Otherwise it tends to induce bad values, false dreams, lazy habits. Listening to these stories of foolishness and violence... this is no way for a boy to grow up.
Joe: You speak the truth, my faithful Indian companion.
Rabbi Baumel: To a rabbi you say "my faithful Indian companion"?
[hits him in a head]
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Referenced in Beverly Hills, 90210: Radio Daze (1993) See more »

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South American Way
(1939)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Carmen Miranda on radio as Ruthie imitates her
Reprised by Miranda during the end credits
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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