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Radio Flyer (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.

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Mary
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Daugherty
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The King
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Bobby
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Geronimo Bill
Sean Baca ...
Fisher
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Older Fisher
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Chad (as Garette Ratliff)
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Ferdie
Noah Verduzco ...
Victor Hernandez
Isaac Ocampo ...
Jorge Hernandez
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Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco ...
Carlos Hernandez
T.J. Evans ...
Big Raymond
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A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, Mike decides to convert their toy trolley, the "Radio Flyer", into a plane to fly him to safety. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Rated PG-13 for theme (child abuse) and violence | See all certifications »

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21 February 1992 (USA)  »

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A Força da Ilusão  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,651,977 (USA)
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Rosanna Arquette was originally cast as Mary and filmed scenes with the film's original director. After Richard Donner took over as director, Arquette was rumored to be replaced by Debra Winger before finally being recast with Lorraine Bracco. See more »

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(at around 11 mins) When Victor tries to break into the clubhouse, he is wearing a dark blue shirt, but when Shane rips the leg of his jeans chasing him over the fence, he is wearing a gray patterned shirt. See more »

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Older Mike: From that moment on, I realized Bobby was my responsibility.
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Referenced in Tales from the Crypt: Undertaking Palor (1991) See more »

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Lovesick Blues
Written by Cliff Friend & Irving Mills
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Seriously interesting slice of bittersweet magic realism
2 February 2006 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

This bittersweet slice of magic realism had a checkered production history (director/writer replaced) and tanked at the box office, but it's a helluva film.

Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello are pre-teen brothers whose flaky mom (Lorraine Bracco) shacks up with a mean-spirited alcoholic (Adam Baldwin). During his drinking bouts, Baldwin physically abuses Mazzello and manipulates him into remaining silent about his situation. But when Wood cottons on to what's happening, the boys put their heads together and hatch a fantastique solution to Mazzello's devastating dilemma.

I love films that mix fantasy and dark reality. They are rarely successful financially ("Lawn Dogs" is a similar example), but they are usually original and intriguing.

The drunk Baldwin is shot from a low, child's perspective and his head is deliberately lopped off below the top of frame. This device allows us to judge him purely by his actions and as a totally physicalized beast. Both Wood and Mazzello are excellent, and they pull us effortlessly into their dark, frightening world.

The "radio flyer" of the title is a small red wagon kids transport their belongings in. Here it transports a dream.

Seriously interesting stuff.


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