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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.

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

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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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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
Michael Tucker ...
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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30 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Días de radio  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,792,779 (USA)
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Woody Allen once said of this film in an interview with Stig Björkman: I think of Radio Days (1987) basically as a cartoon. If you look at my mother, my Uncle Abe, my schoolteacher, my grandparents, they were supposed to be cartoon exaggerations of what my real-life people were like". See more »

Goofs

The burglars turn on a radio and instantly hear sound, when the vacuum tubes should have taken longer to warm up. See more »

Quotes

Rocco: It's nothin' personal. It's just bad luck you were a witness.
Sally: My whole life, I had bad luck.
Rocco: Me too.
[pause]
Sally: Where are you from?
Rocco: Brooklyn.
Sally: Yeah? Me too.
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Soundtracks

Pistol Packin' Mama
(1943)
Written by Al Dexter
Performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
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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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