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
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 »
Coach Jones drives a 1979 Ford F-150 Custom pickup, in 1976. See more »
[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."
See more »
During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »
Excellent thought-provoking film done with super editorial work and world-class acting by Ed Harris & Cuba Gooding Jr.
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.
39 of 45 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?