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Radio Flyer (1992)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The King
Geronimo Bill
Sean Baca ...
Older Fisher
Chad (as Garette Ratliff)
Noah Verduzco ...
Victor Hernandez
Isaac Ocampo ...
Jorge Hernandez
Kaylan Romero ...
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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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Força da Ilusão  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$4,651,977 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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When David M. Evans was directing, the cast consisted of Rosanna Arquette as the mother, Tomas Arana as The King, and Luke Edwards and James Badge Dale as the children. See more »


When Mikey and Bobby are running through the sewer, both of them fall several times into the dirty sewage. However, there is no sign of grime or sewage on their clothes when they face the bullies. See more »


Older Mike: History is all in the mind of the teller. Truth is all in the telling.
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Referenced in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) See more »


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A Fantastic Ending
21 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most people dislike this movie because of the ending. That is because of their own limited imaginations, a point I think Richard Donner was trying to make throughout the movie. They try to criticize the film on their own miotic interpretation. Americans aren't used to the subtle, especially from the Lethal Donner. I think those people need to watch it again, and especially pay attention to the narration. Truth is in the mind of the beholder. The movie is about the innocence of childhood- the grandness of being naive and imaginative-being ripped apart by an abusive adult. Just as they never REALLY seen the boogie man, Bobby never REALLY flew away. Mike deceived himself into believing that his brother flew away to hide from the fact that his brother died. Listen to his words, and watch his mother. It is very subtle, and I have had this argument 100 times before (see, I have only had it probably 5 times but I have deceived myself into thinking it is many more). Don't feel bad. I have found that only 1 out of 10 people that have seen the movie

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