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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 ...
Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco ...
Carlos Hernandez
T.J. Evans ...
Big Raymond


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer David M. Evans has stated that the script was much darker than the final film, and the child abuse angle was more prominent. When the film was taken over by Richard Donner, those elements were toned down. He also felt that the studio marketing "Radio Flyer" as a family film was a factor for the film's failure at the box office. See more »


(At 104:24) As Mikey runs toward their mailbox when the postcard has arrived, the flag is up on the mailbox's right side, but as he opens its door, the shot switches to a closeup showing the flag down and on the mailbox's left side. See more »


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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An intriguing movie with an unexpected ending.
24 January 2000 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I rented the movie and liked it so much that I bought it. Elijah Wood (Mikey) and Joseph Mazello (Bobby) are outstanding as the two boys. Their new stepfather physically abuses Bobby. The abuse is implied, for the most part, not seen, and roused a lot of passion in me to help abused children. There is a magical quality to the movie as the boys' imagination helps them find a way to deal with the abuse. You have to try to understand the story from a child's point of view. I'm still thinking about the ending. I've watched the movie 3 or 4 times and each time I think of possible new meanings. I'm not sure exactly what Richard Donner intended me to think, but this is an excellent film! Joseph Mazello and Elijah Wood will make you go hug your kids.

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