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The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing.

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Storyline

Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community. Written by Anonymous

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His courage made them champions.

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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24 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,379 (South Africa) (21 May 2004)

Gross:

$34,379 (South Africa) (21 May 2004)
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Trivia

Because the relationship between Radio and the town is ongoing (even up until the present day), the screenwriter choose to compress the highlights of the relationship to a one-year period. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Kennedy and Coach Jones are having tea, Mrs Kennedy turns off the burner, moves the teapot to another spot on the stove, then has tea with Coach Jones. He puts sugar in the cup, but never ads water. See more »

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[repeated line]
Radio: That's a goo' one!
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During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »

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Be Thankful for What You Got
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Written and Performed by William DeVaughn
Courtesy of Wes Sky Industries Inc.
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Almost Too Good To Be True
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was unusual: a modern-day film which was ultra-nice. In fact, it was so nice it bordered on being too hard to believe in parts. As I watching this based-on-a-real-life story, I was thinking, "nobody is this nice, this tolerant." Mainly, I was referring to Ed Harris' role as "Coach Jones." I think they went a little overboard on his character, but that's better than the reverse: showing him worse than what he was in real life. Odd to see Harris playing the role, too, since he has a long resume of playing nasty, profane characters.

Anyway, I never complain about a nice, feel-good film, and it is nice to see a bunch of well- meaning, kind people. Those folks direct their friendship, love and compassion to "James Kennedy," better known as "Radio," a mentally slow high school kid played by Cuba Gooding Jr. The story takes place in the mid 1970s in South Carolina. Gooding does a nice job with the role, too. However, like Sean Penn's role of a mentally-challenged man in "I Am Sam," an hour-and-a-half of a character like this is plenty. After that, the loudness of those guys gets tiresome to hear.

Note: It was interesting in one of the documentaries on this DVD to find out that, in real life, in took years for "Radio" to make his transformation, not months as shown in the film.


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