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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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

Because the relationship between Radio and the town is ongoing (even up until the present day), the screenwriter chose to compress the highlights of the relationship to a one-year period. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, the footballs have a gold "Spalding" logo. Gold logos first appeared in the early 1990s, when Wilson put a gold imprint on its NFL balls. 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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cleveland Show: BFFs (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

China Grove
(1973)
Written by Tom Johnston
Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Phenomenal
25 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best films I have ever seen! How anyone can knock this movie just befuddles my imagination! First of all, Gooding's and Harris's performances were simply spectacular, especially Gooding. That is the only way I can describe the acting: spectacular! You have to imagine how difficult it would be to play a character like that and pull it off; then you see Gooding, and his performance was magical. As for the plot, since it was based on a true person, it goes where the lives of the characters go. For all the action buffs, it might be a little slow, but then it's not an action film. I definitely give this movie a 10. It deserves nothing less!


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