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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
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 »
Early in the film, Radio rides a shopping cart down the highway. The cart veers off the road and hits a guardrail, which has an extruder terminal on the end. Extruder terminals first appeared in the 1990s. 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."
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During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »
Be Thankful for What You Got
Written and Performed by William DeVaughn
Courtesy of Wes Sky Industries Inc.
Under license from Celebrity Licensing
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment See more »
Not much to it but a validation of small town values and the embracing of a mentally challenged young man into its heart.
I read some of the reviews and was surprised at some of the hostility it engendered. I felt Cuba Gooding handled the part with dignity and respect unlike Sean Penn's drooling fool portrayal in "I am Sam."
The fact that this is based on a true story makes it all the more heartwarming. Sports are taken seriously in small town high school America (and elsewhere, I suspect) and I felt the portrayal of these competitive students opening their hearts to one less fortunate rang true, at least for me.
The coach was never forced to choose between his daughter and Radio but rather came gently to the decision himself under Radio's loving and open ways. Very well done to all. 7 out of 10.
Debra Winger, we need more of you in pictures!
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