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

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Johnny
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Bill Roberson ...
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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.

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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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24 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Радио  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,303,724 (USA) (26 October 2003)

Gross:

$52,277,485 (USA) (25 January 2004)
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Trivia

On September 2, 2016, James "Radio" Kennedy was inducted into the T. L. Hanna Hall Of Fame. See more »

Goofs

When Radio looks into the ornaments, a camera is reflected in the close-up. See more »

Quotes

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

Special thanks to The People of Walterboro, S.C. ... The People of Anderson, S.C. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psych: Juliet Wears the Pantsuit (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Thankful for What You Got
(1974)
Written and Performed by William DeVaughn
Courtesy of Wes Sky Industries Inc.
Under license from Celebrity Licensing
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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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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