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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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agonas gia ti niki  »

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Box Office

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

Though the events in the movie take place in the Upstate region of South Carolina near the mountains, the football stadium in the movie is in Walterboro, in South Carolina's Lowcountry, near the coast. See more »

Goofs

When Radio opens the turquoise radio that was given to him by coach Jones you can see that the cord stays with the back housing and is no longer connected to the radio chassis yet we are led to believe that as Radio is moving the tuner and we hear the sounds of stations changing that there is power to the chassis. The vacuum tubes would be glowing as well. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: You want strawberry pie or apple pie?
Radio: I wan' both!
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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 »

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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Free Ride
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Written by Dan Hartman
Performed by The Edgar Winter Group (as Edgar Winter Group)
Courtesy of Monigar Productions
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Excellent thought-provoking film done with super editorial work and world-class acting by Ed Harris & Cuba Gooding Jr.
28 March 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The fact that the movie is based on a true story contributes to a better and, of course, more realistic experience and keeps the viewer focused on the basic theme of the movie. The story is filled with unexpected twists which keeps the viewer at all times from figuring the ending out. In one moment you think that something happens to Coach Jones or Radio. Well it does, but certainly not what you'd expect.

The film becomes at no point boring or too sentimental and the acting performances by Ed Harris & Cuba Gooding Jr. are some of their best in my opinion. The ending puts a long lasting smile on your face and makes you wonder if what you are doing is right. Well I guess that was what Michael Tollin & Mike Rich were trying to do. First-class movie.

Esbjørn Nordby Birch. Denmark.


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