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

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Mary Helen
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Johnny
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Tucker
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Bill Roberson ...
Del
Kenneth H. Callender ...
Don
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Irv the Cop
Charles Garren ...
Clive
Rebecca Koon ...
Waitress
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$52,277,485 (USA) (23 January 2004)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Coach Jones drives a 1979 Ford F-150 Custom pickup, in 1976. See more »

Quotes

Honeycutt: You gonna want something to wash it down with too? Root Beer, Coke?
Radio: [Low Voice] Coke.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Free Ride
(1972)
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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