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Radio Flyer (1992)

 -  Drama  -  21 February 1992 (USA)
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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
Kaylan Romero ...
Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco ...
Carlos Hernandez
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Big Raymond
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Storyline

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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radio flyer | boy | childhood | garage | bully | See more »

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Somewhere inside every person...someplace inside every heart...is a power that turns fear into courage...and makes dreams take flight. ...Powered by imagination. See more »

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

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21 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Força da Ilusão  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,651,977 (USA)
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The sacking of original director David M. Evans, replacing him with Richard Donner, and later re-shoots following test screenings meant that this modest little film's budget jumped from $15 million to $30 million. See more »

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When Bobby and Mikey are in the comic book store, Mikey picks up a "Monsters" comic book with Dracula on the cover, and a Transformers comic is behind it, Transformers was not created until mid-late 80s and this movie was based in the mid/late 60s. See more »

Quotes

Boy #1: Dad, he promised to let me play with it, now he says he didn't and he won't.
Older Mike: Did you promise?
[other son nods]
Older Mike: Well, you can't just say, "I promise," then forget about it. "I promise" are the most important words you'll ever say... well almost the most important words you'll ever say.
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Referenced in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) See more »

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Cliffhanger II
(from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Written by Richard M. Sherman (as Richard Sherman) & Robert B. Sherman (as Robert Sherman)
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Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello,such bright young talents!
12 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Sure this movie is kind of unrealistic and sometimes boring but all in all it's a very sweet movie that evokes many wonderful childhood memories.Would I have watched Radio Flyer had it not starred Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello?Perhaps not.Wood and Mazzello are incredible in their roles as Mike and Bobby,considering they were only 9 and 7 at the time they started filming the movie.The rest of the cast is alright,no particularly impressive performances from any of them but like I said it's Wood and Mazzello who carry the show through.There was one big surprise though,Tom Hanks.As narrator,well,let's just say after he started off at the beginning of the movie I was this close to switching the T.V off and thus missing quite a good movie. I was disappointed to find out that Radio Flyer didn't exactly hit it off at the box office,I suppose juggling such themes as child abuse and building getaway planes for a 7 year old to fly can be a difficult task. However despite its faults ,I found myself shouting insults at The King when he hit Bobby and laughing at the antics of the boys and their dog Shane.Sure you need a good imagination to enjoy it but we can cough a little of that up can't we?!


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