The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who 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.

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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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$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

The movie leaves out coach Jones' son, Preston. He would have been six in 1976. He would go on to be an All American QB at Hanna, and then went on to play QB at Georgia and had a short stint with the Eagles. See more »

Goofs

When Coach Jones is talking to Radio about not being able to board the bus, it is raining, but in the background you can clearly see sunlight and shadows cast from the light. See more »

Quotes

Coach Jones: [at the final confrontation in the barbershop] "... but the truth is,we're not the one been teachin' Radio, Radio's the one been teachin' us - cause the way he treats us all the time is the way we wish we treated each other even part of the time."
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Special thanks to The People of Walterboro, S.C. ... The People of Anderson, S.C. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The King of Queens: Mild Bunch (2007) See more »

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Radio
(1998)
Written and Performed by Chuck Brodsky
Courtesy of Red House Records
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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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