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Radio (2003)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  24 October 2003 (USA)
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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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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.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Радио  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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


Why Can't We Live Together
Written and Performed by Timmy Thomas
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
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Sweet movie
3 April 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

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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