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
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 »
When Radio is taking the radio apart that assistant coach Honeycutt gave him, it's obvious the radio has no power. That type of radio has a two-prong power connection on the circuit board that plugs into the molded plug in the housing when it's assembled. When opened, that power connection is unplugged like pulling the plug from a wall power socket. You can see the two power prongs on the circuit board when they show it from the rear. See more »
Why Can't We Live Together
Written and Performed by Timmy Thomas
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
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Not much to it but a validation of small town values and the embracing of a mentally challenged young man into its heart.
I read some of the reviews and was surprised at some of the hostility it engendered. I felt Cuba Gooding handled the part with dignity and respect unlike Sean Penn's drooling fool portrayal in "I am Sam."
The fact that this is based on a true story makes it all the more heartwarming. Sports are taken seriously in small town high school America (and elsewhere, I suspect) and I felt the portrayal of these competitive students opening their hearts to one less fortunate rang true, at least for me.
The coach was never forced to choose between his daughter and Radio but rather came gently to the decision himself under Radio's loving and open ways. Very well done to all. 7 out of 10.
Debra Winger, we need more of you in pictures!
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