Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.
Samuel L. Jackson,
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
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 »
Coach Jones brings food to Radio's house after Radio is arrested. In the wide shot, when coach Jones tells him he did a good thing, Radio is holding 2 fries. In the close up, Radio holds one fry. See more »
[holding pants up to the phone for approval]
How dese ones, Co' Jones?
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During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »
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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