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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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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
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Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco ...
Carlos Hernandez
T.J. Evans ...
Big Raymond
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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 <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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

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21 February 1992 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,651,977 (USA)
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Writer David M. Evans later published the novella "The King of Pacoima" based on his original, record breaking script. The story reintegrated several discarded elements from the final film, including extended fantasy sequences with the buffalo. It also retained the original ending. See more »

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When Bobby and Mikey's family first arrive at their new house in California, the king rips off the sign by the door that says "The Marshalls" (at around 50 mins). The sign reappears in the next shot and then disappears again when the king comes back out. See more »

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[the King, completely drunk and furious, catches Mike and Bobby watching TV late at night]
The King: [furious] Hey! What are ya doin' up? Go to bed! Go to bed!
The King: [to Bobby] Not you!
Mike: Yeah, but...
The King: [cuts Mike off] Bobby, come here! Mikey, you go to bed. Bobby, you come here!
Mike: But I wanna stay...
The King: [cuts him off again] GO TO BED! Come here, Bobby. Come HERE! Come here.
[the King grabs and pulls Bobby towards him potentially to abuse him; Shane, the family dog, growls whilst Mikey cries]
The King: [yells] What did I tell ya? What ...
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Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain
Written by Fred Rose
Performed by Sons of the Pioneers
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Rather poignant
19 April 2006 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Radio Flyer' is really not the sort of film to watch if you are depressed or have had a violent childhood but the storyline makes for a rather bittersweet film. The film revolves around eight-year old Mike and six-year-old Bobby who move to a small town with their mother and new step-father not long after their biological father abandons them. Instead of heralding a fresh start for the boys, their new life turns to terror and misery when their step-father, who likes to be called the King, physically abuses little Bobby. Mike, desperate to protect his little brother, then plans to turn his Radio Flyer trailer into a plane so they can fly away to safety.

Lorraine Bracco, who plays the boys' mother, was quite good in showing the vulnerability, shame and protectiveness of a mother who realises her children are being harmed by her husband and Stephen Baldwin was very effective in portraying the King's vicious, cruel nature even though we never see his face. However, it is a young Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello, who play Mike and Bobby respectively, who carry the film and both rise to the occasion brilliantly. Elijah Wood's Mike was portrayed as a very sympathetic character who you truly felt was loyal and loving to his mother and brother despite his tender age while Joseph Mazzello was very sweet and engaging as Bobby, a little boy who just couldn't comprehend why an adult who was meant to care for him was instead hurting him.

As I said before, this film is definitely not for the very young or those who are very sensitive to issues of child abuse because Bobby doesn't just get a smack or two in the film, he is brutalised to the point where you just want to reach through to the screen and give the King a taste of his own medicine. It is quite disturbing to actually see on-screen the treatment this six-year-old endures. That said, 'Radio Flyer' is an endearing film about how even the youngest of children can be brave, loyal and have wills of steel. And with the ending being rather ambiguous, viewers can interpret for themselves what fate met Bobby.


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