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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
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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally to be directed by writer David M. Evans, but he was replaced by Richard Donner due to his inexperience. See more »


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 »


Bobby: He's coming back, Mike. It's not mom's fault, but he's coming back.
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Referenced in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) See more »


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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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