A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.

Directors:

Richard Donner, David Mickey Evans (uncredited)

Writer:

David Mickey Evans (as David M. Evans)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorraine Bracco ... Mary
John Heard ... Daugherty
Adam Baldwin ... The King
Elijah Wood ... Mike
Joseph Mazzello ... Bobby
Ben Johnson ... Geronimo Bill
Sean Baca Sean Baca ... Fisher
Robert Munic ... Older Fisher
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Chad (as Garette Ratliff)
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Ferdie
Noah Verduzco Noah Verduzco ... Victor Hernandez
Isaac Ocampo Isaac Ocampo ... Jorge Hernandez
Kaylan Romero ... Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco Abraham Verduzco ... Carlos Hernandez
T.J. Evans T.J. Evans ... Big Raymond
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Storyline

A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, Mike decides to convert their toy trolley, the "Radio Flyer", into a plane to fly him to safety. Written by Letter B.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for theme (child abuse) and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Joe Mazzello admitted in a 2018 Entertainment Weekly interview that making "Radio Flyer" had a positive impact on his career path. Mazzello said, "This was my first huge movie. This is the reason I love making movies. This is the reason I love being an actor. This is the reason I wanted to become a director." See more »

Goofs

When Mikey and Bobby are running through the sewer, both of them fall several times into the dirty sewage. However, there is no sign of grime or sewage on their clothes when they face the bullies. See more »

Quotes

[the King, completely drunk and furious, catches Mike and Bobby watching TV late at night]
The King: [furious] Hey! What are ya doin' up? Go to bed! Go to bed!
The King: [to Bobby] Not you!
Mike: Yeah, but...
The King: [cuts Mike off] Bobby, come here! Mikey, you go to bed. Bobby, you come here!
Mike: But I wanna stay...
The King: [cuts him off again] GO TO BED! Come here, Bobby. Come HERE! Come here.
[the King grabs and pulls Bobby towards him potentially to abuse him; Shane, the family dog, growls whilst Mikey cries]
The King: [yells] What did I tell ya? What did I ...
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Referenced in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) See more »

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The Name Game
Written by Lincoln Chase & Shirley Ellis
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A woeful tale, wonderfully told
31 January 2000 | by Eowyn8See all my reviews

Everything about this film is simply incredible. You truly take this journey through the eyes and soul of a child.

I do feel it is important to note this tale is about child abuse. Don't rent it for your kids thinking it is a fun, disney-esque film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King of Pacoima See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,932,595, 23 February 1992

Gross USA:

$4,651,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,651,977
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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