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Radio (2003)

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)  »

Also Known As:

Радио  »

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Box Office

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

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 Jones drives a 1979 Ford F-150 Custom pickup, in 1976. 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 King of Queens: Mild Bunch (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Going In Circles
(1969)
Written by Jerry Peters and Anita Poree
Performed by Friends of Distinction
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
Under license from Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Excellent thought-provoking film done with super editorial work and world-class acting by Ed Harris & Cuba Gooding Jr.
28 March 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

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.


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