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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Tucker
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Bill Roberson ...
Del
Kenneth H. Callender ...
Don
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Irv the Cop
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Clive
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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

In 1976, the year the movie takes place, Harold Jones was the junior varsity football coach, not the varsity head coach. He would not become the varsity head coach until 1985. The varsity head coach at the time was Jim Fraser. See more »

Goofs

When Coach Jones and Johnny talk about telling Radio to go into the girls locker room, the coach's shirt collar is sticking out. In the next shot, it's inside his jacket. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Radio: That's a goo' one!
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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 »

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Referenced in White Chicks (2004) See more »

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Joy to the World
(1719)
Music attributed to George Frideric Handel (uncredited)
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719)
Arranged by Lowell Mason
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Sweet movie
3 April 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

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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