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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
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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
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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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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)

Gross:

$4,651,977 (USA)
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Trivia

The original script ignited a bidding war in Hollywood and captured major media attention, as writer David M. Evans wrote the script while still in film school and eventually netted more than $1.25 million, which included Evans services as screenwriter and director. When the studio thought their investment in the script too great to gamble on a first-time director, Evans was replaced by Richard Donner which sparked even more coverage, as Evans publicly distanced himself from the film which went on to be a major box office and critical flop. See more »

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At the end of the movie when Mike talks about going to college, you can see the postcard that his brother sent him years ago. But as the postcard turns around, you can see that although the message is the same, its obviously not the same one in the previous scene. The original one (at 105:19), it is in black ink, has two circles and a square in the cancellation mark, has "jeronimo bill" split across two lines, and is signed "Boddy". At 105:29, it is in blue ink, has one circle and a square in the cancellation mark, has "jeronimo bill" on one line, and is signed "Bobby". See more »

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Older Mike: There are seven lost secret fascinations and abilities. They are that: animals can talk; your favorite blanket is woven from a fabric so mighty, that once pulled over your head, it becomes an impenetrable force field, nothing is too heavy to lift with the aid of a cape; your hand, held forefinger out and thumb up, actually fires bullets; jumping from any height with an umbrella is completely safe; monsters exist and can be both seen an done battle with; and the greatest, most special and ...
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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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