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Radio -- The inspiring true story of the real life friendship between Robert "Radio" Kennedy and coach Harold Jones and the thirty-year legacy of victory they created.
Radio -- The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing.


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  (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)

Shelley Reid ... Cop #2
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)

Margaret Newborn ... Spectator (uncredited)

Lindy Newton ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Kelvin O'Bryant ... Hanna Point Guard (uncredited)
Jamie Peterson ... Player in Locker Room 2 (uncredited)
Eynne Ray ... Hanna Fan (uncredited)

Ernest Whitted ... Football Fan / Graduate (uncredited)
Kevin Woods ... Football Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Tollin 
Writing credits
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 Broomberg .... foley artist
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)
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)
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
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: When the Coach and Radio leave the church, a 1979 Lincoln Town Car is in the parking lot.See more »
Linda:It's never a mistake to care for someone. That's *always* a good thing!See more »
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52 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
sentimental but hard to resist, 15 November 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

'Radio' tells the true life story of a high school football coach who befriends a severely mentally retarded young man (whom they nickname 'Radio' because he loves listening to the radio so much), lets him hang out with the team, and, thereby, changes not only the boy's life but the lives of just about everyone in the South Carolina town in which they live. When Radio's behavior on the sidelines begins to serve as a distraction during the games, some of the less sympathetic, die-hard football fans of the town make an effort to downplay his role or eliminate his presence altogether.

Set in 1976, 'Radio' is a thoroughly predictable, sentimental heart tugger that will have people either gagging on the syrup or crying in their popcorn. For all its heavy handed manipulation, however, 'Radio' turns out to be a pretty decent little film due, primarily, to the superb performances by Ed Harris and Cube Gooding Jr., and to the fact that the movie doesn't overplay its hand as often as it might. In fact, it wisely underplays much of the conflict, allowing the moments of quiet subtlety to predominate. As played by Harris, Coach Jones is a solid, decent, caring man who can't help but give his love to a fellow human being who needs it. Harris' soft-spoken strength makes us believe in the goodness of the man. The film does an effective job conveying the incredulous reactions of many of the otherwise well-meaning town folk, as even Radio's own mother asks Joe why he is doing what he's doing. The scenes between Jones and this woman, lovingly played by S. Epatha Merkerson, are some of the finest in the film. The movie also isn't afraid to confront the issue of whether the people of the town - and that includes Jones himself - aren't actually being patronizing towards Radio in their treatment of him, and whether he isn't more of a 'mascot' for the team than a bona fide member. Gooding Jr. slips effortlessly into the role of Radio, making him a compelling figure even though he has virtually no lines of dialogue in the movie. Alfre Woodard is excellent as the caring but nervous school principal who sees Radio's presence on campus as a potential threat to student safety, but who has enough faith in Jones to give Radio a chance to prove himself. It's nice to see Debra Winger in a movie again, although her role as Jones' ever-patient, ever-supportive wife, doesn't give her much room to strut her stuff as an actress.

There's no denying that 'Radio' is a humanity-of-man type film that could easily set the teeth on edge with its Goody Two Shoes philosophy of life. Be that as it may, 'Radio' turns out to be a warm, uplifting film that even Scrooge would probably like.

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