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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

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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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Días de radio  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,792,779 (USA)
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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

Bea: Fred, you must know I have a little crush on you.
Fred: Please, Bea.
Bea: What is it? What's wrong?
Fred: Nothing. It's just I...
[Fred bursts into tears]
Bea: What's wrong? Is it still your fiancée? It's been such a long period of grief. It's not fair to you.
Fred: [crying] I know. I know. It's just that every time I hear that song on the radio my memory goes back to Leonard. That was our song.
Bea: Leonard?
Fred: My beloved.
Bea: You never said your fiancé's name was Leonard.
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

I Double Dare You
(1937)
Music by Jimmy Eaton
Lyrics by Terry Shand
Performed by Larry Clinton on radio
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Nice Piece Of Nostalgia
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for the normal amount of big laughs from a Woody Allen film, then you will be disappointed here. It's not that kind of film.

I was anything but disappointed, but I knew what the film was all about before I saw it. Actually, what drew me to it was that I had read where this was a wonderful visual film, filled with rich colors and great set designs. It did not let me down. This is a great visual tribute to the 1940s, to be exact from 1938 to 1944. A real treat for the eyes.

The story centers around a Jewish family in Queens and the importance that radio shows had in that day-and-age. Also profiled in here are some of those radio performers.

It does have laughs but not as many as the normal Allen movie because the idea of this is simply to be a nostalgic piece, mainly Allen's tribute to his own family days of growing up, what it was like around his house.

It was interesting to see Seth Green playing Woody as a youngster with flaming red hair. The most interesting person, however, was Diane Wiest who played a man-chasing sister-in-law. The film gives you a real flavor of the period, of New York and of a Jewish family.

Overall, it's simply a nice film....and gorgeous to look at. Sometimes I think some of Allen's work is overrated but, boy, here is one that is definitely underrated.


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