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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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Don
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Clive
Rebecca Koon ...
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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,303,724 (USA) (24 October 2003)

Gross:

$52,277,485 (USA) (23 January 2004)
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Trivia

In 1976, the year the movie takes place, Harold Jones was the junior varsity football coach, not the varsity head coach. He would not become the varsity head coach until 1985. The varsity head coach at the time was Jim Fraser. See more »

Goofs

Coach wears Ray-Ban sunglasses, with the logo painted on the lens. Ray-Ban started putting logos on lenses in the late 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Radio: [holding pants up to the phone for approval] How dese ones, Co' Jones?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »

Connections

Edited into Tosh.0: Life Savings for a Rasta Banana (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Know Me By Now
(1972)
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) and Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A film with great realism.
27 September 2004 | by (Folsom, Ca) – See all my reviews

Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr. where cast perfectly in this film. It's a heart-warming story that reaffirms the belief that we can all make a difference if we just care. I think there was a lot of realism with the characters. The screenwriter didn't incorporate racism in the film in a way that most films do, which I thought created a more realistic story line.

Writers tend to inject incidents of racism in an attempt to create realism but usually go overboard.

There are so many towns like this one where people of different races live harmoniously. Ed Harris should have been nominated for an Academy Award because he was great as a leader and coach, realistic as a father and showed a warm caring side when helping Radio.


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