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Radio Days (1987)

PG | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Starr ... Burglar
Paul Herman ... Burglar
Don Pardo ... 'Guess That Tune' Host
Martin Rosenblatt Martin Rosenblatt ... Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ... Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland Danielle Ferland ... Child Star
Julie Kavner ... Tess, the mother
Julie Kurnitz Julie Kurnitz ... Irene
David Warrilow David Warrilow ... Roger
Wallace Shawn ... Masked Avenger
Mick Murray Mick Murray ... Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan William Flanagan ... Avenger Announcer
Seth Green ... Joe
Michael Tucker ... Martin, the father
Josh Mostel ... Abe
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Storyline

Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

30 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Días de radio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,522,423, 1 February 1987

Gross USA:

$14,792,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,792,779
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Joe (Woody Allen) goes to Radio City Music Hall with his Aunt Bea and her boyfriend, the film playing is "The Philadelphia Story." The two actors on screen (Katharine Hepburn & James Stewart) were both nominated for Oscars with Stewart winning for Best Actor. See more »

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A Marquee for the film 'Devotion' is visible during a period shot of traffic. That film came out in 1946, and the events in Radio Days conclude on new year's day 1944. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi Baumel: My heart is filled with grief!
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Connections

Referenced in Punky Brewster: Radio Daze (1988) See more »

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In the Mood
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Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller on radio
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Nice Piece Of Nostalgia
16 December 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

If you are looking for the normal amount of big laughs from a Woody Allen film, then you will be disappointed here. It's not that kind of film.

I was anything but disappointed, but I knew what the film was all about before I saw it. Actually, what drew me to it was that I had read where this was a wonderful visual film, filled with rich colors and great set designs. It did not let me down. This is a great visual tribute to the 1940s, to be exact from 1938 to 1944. A real treat for the eyes.

The story centers around a Jewish family in Queens and the importance that radio shows had in that day-and-age. Also profiled in here are some of those radio performers.

It does have laughs but not as many as the normal Allen movie because the idea of this is simply to be a nostalgic piece, mainly Allen's tribute to his own family days of growing up, what it was like around his house.

It was interesting to see Seth Green playing Woody as a youngster with flaming red hair. The most interesting person, however, was Diane Wiest who played a man-chasing sister-in-law. The film gives you a real flavor of the period, of New York and of a Jewish family.

Overall, it's simply a nice film....and gorgeous to look at. Sometimes I think some of Allen's work is overrated but, boy, here is one that is definitely underrated.


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