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

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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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$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

Most of the fans in the stands during the games were students and fans from Goose Creek High School, a school in the Charleston suburb of Goose Creek (about 45 minutes from Walterboro, where the movie was filmed). They were chosen because the school uses the same colors as TL Hanna. Goose Creek and Hanna met in the 2008 state playoffs, allowing many of the extras in the movie to meet the real Radio. See more »

Goofs

When Coach Jones calls nine players to run all the way to the line until he says to quit, a shot from behind shows them walking to the field to start their runs, and passing the coach. In the next shot, they haven't passed the coach yet. See more »

Quotes

Radio: [holding pants up to the phone for approval] How dese ones, Co' Jones?
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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 The King of Queens: Mild Bunch (2007) 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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A film with great realism.
27 September 2004 | by (Folsom, Ca) – See all my reviews

Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr. where cast perfectly in this film. It's a heart-warming story that reaffirms the belief that we can all make a difference if we just care. I think there was a lot of realism with the characters. The screenwriter didn't incorporate racism in the film in a way that most films do, which I thought created a more realistic story line.

Writers tend to inject incidents of racism in an attempt to create realism but usually go overboard.

There are so many towns like this one where people of different races live harmoniously. Ed Harris should have been nominated for an Academy Award because he was great as a leader and coach, realistic as a father and showed a warm caring side when helping Radio.


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