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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Bill Roberson ...
Del
Kenneth H. Callender ...
Don
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Irv the Cop
Charles Garren ...
Clive
Rebecca Koon ...
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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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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

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

Coach wears Ray-Ban sunglasses, with the logo painted on the lens. Ray-Ban started putting logos on lenses in the late 1980s. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Rubberband Man
(1976)
Music by Thom Bell (as Thomas Bell)
Lyrics by Linda Creed
Performed by The Spinners
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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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