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24 October 2003 (USA) See more »
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His courage made them champions.
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The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Radio

Ed Harris ... Coach Jones

Alfre Woodard ... Principal Daniels

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Maggie

Brent Sexton ... Honeycutt

Chris Mulkey ... Frank

Sarah Drew ... Mary Helen

Riley Smith ... Johnny

Patrick Breen ... Tucker

Debra Winger ... Linda

Bill Roberson ... Del
Kenneth H. Callender ... Don

Michael Harding ... Irv the Cop
Charles Garren ... Clive
Rebecca Koon ... Waitress
Hi Bedford Roberson ... School Receptionist
Michael Kroeker ... Young Cop

Mark Robert Ellis ... Football Referee (as Mark Ellis)

Ron Shelley ... Cop #2 (as Shelley Reid)
Evan Aldrich ... Danny
Megan Coffman ... Melodee
Benjamin L. Peters Jr. ... Hallway Kid
Leonard Wheeler ... Hoop Referee
Therond Justin Adams ... Laird
Othello Coleman III ... Hanna Player
Bert Beatson ... Hoop Player
Ty O'Farrell ... Ron Wilborn
Dorothy McDowell ... Patricia Ann Yearwood

Jim Gooden ... Teacher (as James Gooden)

Joseph E.G. Barrett ... Autograph Kid (as Joseph Barrett)
Deborah McTeer ... Linda's Friend
Jamie Murdaugh ... Student
Eugene Cryer Jr. ... Pastor Wickland (as Reverend Eugene Cryer Jr.)
William E. Lykes ... Assistant Coach

Tammy Arnold ... Woman in Stands (as Tammy Christine Arnold)
Kasheem J. Peterson ... Football Player
Kate Powell ... Honeycutt's Squeeze
Michael Flippo ... Bus Driver
James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy ... Himself
Harold Jones ... Himself
Mike Anthony ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Barrett ... Barbershop / Townsfolk (uncredited)
James Barrett ... High School Student (uncredited)
Jared Bealer ... Extra (uncredited)
Hi Bedford-Roberson ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Josh Berger ... High School Student (uncredited)

Jerome Bethea ... T.L. Hannah Basketball Player (uncredited)
Austen Brown ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Patricia Buckley-Moss ... Mrs. Frank Clay (uncredited)
Terrell Byrd ... Hanna Small Forward (uncredited)
Wayne Capps ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Russell Cook ... Daniel High School Football Coach (uncredited)

Leslea Fisher ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Craig S. Harper ... Westside High School Head Football Coach (uncredited)

Jim Keisler ... Man in Barbershop / Townsman (uncredited)
Lynda Keisler ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Lindy Newton ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Kelvin O'Bryant ... Hanna Point Guard (uncredited)
Eynne Ray ... Hanna Fan (uncredited)

Ernest Whitted ... Football Fan / Graduate (uncredited)
Kevin Woods ... Football Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Tollin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike Rich (written by)

Gary Smith  magazine article (uncredited)

Produced by
Herb Gains .... producer (as Herbert W. Gains)
Todd Garner .... executive producer
Brian Robbins .... producer
Caitlin Scanlon .... executive producer
Michael Tollin .... producer
Tierre Turner .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Don Burgess (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Lebenzon 
Harvey Rosenstock 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
Clay A. Griffith 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas Minton 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Greenfield 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Wingate 
 
Makeup Department
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist: Ms. Woodard
Wyatt Belton .... hair stylist
Stacye P. Branche .... hair stylist: Mr. Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branche)
Stacye P. Branche .... makeup artist: Mr. Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branche)
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup department head
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist: Ms. Winger
Rick Pour .... makeup artist
Jo Jo Stephens .... key hair stylist (as Jojo Stephens)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Ms. Winger
Gary Archer .... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Gary Archer .... dental technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sara Flamm .... production supervisor
Herb Gains .... unit production manager (as Herbert W. Gains)
Isabel Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Jim Conrads .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Case .... second assistant director
E. Langston Craig .... dga trainee
Vincent Lascoumes .... first assistant director
Christophe Le Chanu .... second second assistant director (as Christophe LeChanu)
 
Art Department
Dwight Benjamin-Creel .... property master
Geoff Cormier .... key greens (as Geoffrey Cormier)
Andrew Seward Duncan .... set designer
Frank M. Fleming .... leadman
Tom Jones Jr. .... construction coordinator
Bill King .... graphic artist
Alicia Lowe .... art department coordinator
Alton McClellan .... stand-by painter (as Alton H. McClellan)
Randall Milazzo .... assistant property master (as Randall R. Milazzo)
Julia Starr Sanford .... set designer
Larry Sauls .... on-set dresser
Roger Scruggs .... general foreman
Brian Stultz .... scenic chargeman
John B. Clarey III .... carpenter (uncredited)
D. Tobias Denney .... art production assistant (uncredited)
Chester Lee Henderson Jr. .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Hughes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Randy Kenan .... mill foreman (uncredited)
Donnie MacDonald .... swing (uncredited)
Greg Spencer .... foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
Jeffree Bloomer .... production sound mixer
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
Hector C. Gika .... sound designer (as Hector Gika)
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Michael Hertlein .... adr editor
Larry Kemp .... foley editor
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Michael Minkler .... supervising sound mixer
Myron Nettinga .... supervising sound mixer
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator
Michael Rayle .... cable
Branden Spencer .... first assistant sound editor
Frederick H. Stahly .... adr editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor (as Bruce Tannis)
Hugh Waddell .... dialogue supervisor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Eddie Bydalek .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Cassie Cosgrove .... utility sound (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Thomas Kittle .... special effects coordinator
Walter Kiesling .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Fagerquist .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Brian Smallwood .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ryan Crawford .... stunts
Tyler C. Daum .... stunts
Donte R. Hunter .... stunts
Bert Beatson .... stunts: football double (uncredited)
Dréy Wigfall .... stunts: football (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bonsignore .... dolly grip
Eddie Bowlin .... rigging gaffer
Michael Brennan .... dolly grip
Michael J. Coo .... key grip (as Michael Coo)
Edward J. Cox .... assistant chief lighting technician
Steven Cueva .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Gilmer .... camera loader
Tony Jenzano .... video assist operator (as Tony Jenzano III)
Craig Kohtala .... best boy grip
Steven C. McGee .... chief lighting technician
Patrick B. O'Brien .... camera operator (as Patrick O'Brien)
Robert Presley .... Steadicam operator
Robert Presley .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
Dascious Thomas .... rigging key grip
Joseph Thomas .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Matthew E. Alper .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Stephen Brock .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
James Frederick .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Jadick .... electrician (uncredited)
Matthew McGinn .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Harrison Palmer .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Shulkind .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Skinner .... rigging grip (uncredited)
John R. Sutton .... rigger (uncredited)
Fred Thomas .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tona B. Dahlquist .... extras casting
Tona B. Dahlquist .... local casting
Justine Hempe .... casting associate
Jim Keisler .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Collier .... costume supervisor
Karen Keyes .... costumer (as Karen D. Keyes)
Keva Keyes .... costumer
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... key costumer
Omar J. Simmons .... costumer
Ric Spencer .... costumer: Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Frederick Spencer)
Patricia Buckley-Moss .... costumer (uncredited)
Amy Graham .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Meredith Apel .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Peter Fandetti .... first assistant editor
Lara B. Grant .... assistant editor (as Lara Grant)
John P. Husky .... editorial assistant
Daniel Kupresan .... assistant editor (as Daniel K. Kupresan)
Jennifer Martinez .... assistant editor
Joel Negron .... additional editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Marc Pattavina .... apprentice editor
Julie Saegert .... editorial assistant
Ron Orenstein .... dailies colorist (uncredited)
Tony M. Winters .... dailies assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ramiro Belgardt .... assistant music editor
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Bobby Collins .... music licensing
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
James Horner .... orchestrator
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (as Ken Karman)
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... score mixer
Laura Ziffren .... music supervisor (as Laura Wasserman)
Robb Boyd .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Jay Selvester .... scoring crew (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tyler C. Daum .... transportation coordinator (as Tyler Carleton Daum)
Wayne Jones .... transportation captain
Kim Smallwood .... driver
C. Benny Dietz .... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
E. Michael Hewett .... additional van driver (uncredited)
Todd Luckey .... driver: specialty equipment (uncredited)
Judson Merrell .... driver (uncredited)
Linda Pickett .... driver (uncredited)
Randall Pickett .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tammy Arnold .... dialect coach
Karen Chalk Wheeler .... assistant accountant (as Karen Chalk)
William Cook Jr. .... production assistant
Russell Cook .... location assistant (as Russell D. Cook)
Jennifer Corey .... production coordinator
D. Tobias Denney .... production assistant
Elizabeth A. Dennis .... production assistant
Angeline Duran .... assistant: Mr. Tollin
Steven Eddy .... production secretary
Mark Robert Ellis .... sports coordinator (as Mark Ellis)
Natasha Fairchild .... cheerleading coordinator
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Steven Goldfried .... production assistant
Tim Grady .... assistant location manager
Kimberly Jase .... first assistant accountant
Robert Lane .... assistant accountant
Michael J. Leone .... script supervisor
Brendan Magee .... assistant basketball coach (as Brendan R. Magee)
Clarence E. Mays .... craft service
Brock Miller .... assistant football coach
Mary Morgan .... location manager (as Mary Morgan-Kerlagon)
Jack Munn .... medic
Kate Powell .... assistant: Mr. Gains
Kathy Rayle .... assistant production coordinator
Mark A. Reich .... medic
Joanie Selden .... payroll accountant
Carter Skjelset .... assistant: Mr. Gooding Jr.
Trish 'The Dish' Stanard .... production assistant (as Trish Stanard)
Blanche Sypher .... craft service
Ian Sypher .... craft service
Jennifer Taginski .... athletic trainer
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
Cal Wrenn .... assistant sports coordinator
Terrence B. Zinn .... production assistant
Clyde D. Baisey .... medic (uncredited)
Darren Baker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Bartelt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ava DuVernay .... promotional services (uncredited)
Philippe Gallichet .... caterer (uncredited)
Philippe Gallichet .... chef (uncredited)
Dana Hawley .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Debbie Lane Hewett .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Debbie Lane Hewett .... catering assistant (uncredited)
Mike Khalil .... production assistant (uncredited)
Valerie N. Robinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason J. Scott .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Sheaffer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chad Wheeler .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron G. York .... head technician: Libra (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mike Devin .... special thanks (as Police Chief Mike Devin)
Coach James Fraser .... special thanks
Terry Honeycutt Jr. .... special thanks (as Coach Terry Honeycutt Jr.)
Harold Jones .... special thanks
James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy .... special thanks
Dennis Patterson .... special thanks (as Coach Dennis Patterson)
Josh Peter .... special thanks
Gary Smith .... special thanks: Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On"
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
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109 min
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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:
Anachronisms: Throughout the movie, the footballs have a gold "Spalding" logo. Gold logos first appeared in the early 1990s, when Wilson put a gold imprint on its NFL balls.See more »
Quotes:
Radio:[holding pants up to the phone for approval] How dese ones, Co' Jones?See more »
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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Almost Too Good To Be True, 22 January 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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