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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.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Rosenblatt ...
Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ...
Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland ...
Child Star
Julie Kurnitz ...
David Warrilow ...
Mick Murray ...
Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan ...
Avenger Announcer


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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Release Date:

30 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de radio  »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Rebecca Schaeffer. See more »


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 »


Narrator: What Aunt Bea did with the rest of the money was treat us all to a Broadway dance palace. She and Sy seemed very much in love, and she seemed happy. But it was not to be, because after a week Sy did not leave his wife and children, nor did he after two weeks nor ever. And as the year came to a close, Aunt Bea would soon be back to her old dreams of finding a true love. Still, on this night, no one had any thoughts except what a wonderful time we were all having.
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Referenced in Spin City: Radio Daze (1997) See more »


You and I
Written by Meredith Willson
Performed by Tommy Dorsey
Courtesy of RCA Records
In the score during a flashback
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Like a Warm Coat on a Chilly Evening
26 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie shouts one word: WARMTH. The colors, the plot, the characters, they are all wonderfully warm.

I've watched this movie with senior citizens who were around in the forties. I once watched it with a Jewish guy who grew up on Long Island (albeit in the early 30's, not the 40's). All comments were the same: THIS was life in New York during wartime.

Vietnam was my war, so this era was a mystery to me. However, any time a genius like Woody Allen can create a film that not only makes me and my rowdy friends laugh, but gets guffaws from my dear old Mom as well, it deserves a little fanfare.

I didn't even mention the solid gold music.

See this film at once!

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