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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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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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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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,379 (South Africa) (21 May 2004)

Gross:

$34,379 (South Africa) (21 May 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

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 »

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Radio: Whe' mah pie!
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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 »

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If You Don't Know Me By Now
(1972)
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) and Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Almost Too Good To Be True
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was unusual: a modern-day film which was ultra-nice. In fact, it was so nice it bordered on being too hard to believe in parts. As I watching this based-on-a-real-life story, I was thinking, "nobody is this nice, this tolerant." Mainly, I was referring to Ed Harris' role as "Coach Jones." I think they went a little overboard on his character, but that's better than the reverse: showing him worse than what he was in real life. Odd to see Harris playing the role, too, since he has a long resume of playing nasty, profane characters.

Anyway, I never complain about a nice, feel-good film, and it is nice to see a bunch of well- meaning, kind people. Those folks direct their friendship, love and compassion to "James Kennedy," better known as "Radio," a mentally slow high school kid played by Cuba Gooding Jr. The story takes place in the mid 1970s in South Carolina. Gooding does a nice job with the role, too. However, like Sean Penn's role of a mentally-challenged man in "I Am Sam," an hour-and-a-half of a character like this is plenty. After that, the loudness of those guys gets tiresome to hear.

Note: It was interesting in one of the documentaries on this DVD to find out that, in real life, in took years for "Radio" to make his transformation, not months as shown in the film.


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