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Radio Flyer (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
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A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary
... Daugherty
... The King
... Mike
... Bobby
... Geronimo Bill
Sean Baca ... Fisher
... Older Fisher
... Chad (as Garette Ratliff)
... Ferdie
Noah Verduzco ... Victor Hernandez
Isaac Ocampo ... Jorge Hernandez
... Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco ... Carlos Hernandez
T.J. Evans ... Big Raymond


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 Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Força da Ilusão  »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Richard Donner took over directing duties from David Mickey Evans, he had been considered as director for the film when Warner Bros. was eying the project. See more »


(at around 36 mins) When The King finds the electric cord inside the oven he closes the door after pulling it out. When they show it again as he grabs his beer, the door is open again. See more »


Bobby: He's coming back, Mike. It's not mom's fault, but he's coming back.
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Let's Get Together
Written by Chet Powers
Performed by The Youngbloods
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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This film changed my life
6 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Where do I begin? I first saw this film in 1995 and had no idea of what to expect, I was actually at the time searching out films that Elijah Wood had starred in and this one had come highly recommended. I sat down and watched the film once and didn't know what to think. I watched it a second time a few days later and the floodgates just opened. Never before in my life had I ever really cried while watching a film, and I was blubbing, every high and low the film I was riding right alongside, on an emotional roller coaster.

It struck such an emotional chord in me on many levels, the intense sadness and elation we see in the film, the wonder and innocence of childhood, the yearning for a time that once was, but is no more. More than anything, this film reminded me of my childhood (except for the abuse) during a time in my life when I'd shrugged off my childhood some years before and not even really noticed, I'd given it up and moved on to a life entirely devoid of it. The Radio flyer made me wake up and suddenly realise what I'd given up without really even noticing. From that day forward I immediately set about to change my life and myself, and I did.

This is going to sound corny but basically I rediscovered my inner child, I started down a path that has been ongoing over the past 6 years and has changed me so much, so much for the better, embracing and living that part of myself. I've been finding out who I really am. I don't think it was simply a case of the right film coming along at a crucial moment of my life, The Radio Flyer really did something very special, and I still look upon it as an incredible piece of work in all respects, an incredible film.

In closing I cannot fail to mention the music. I am a great fan of Hans Zimmer and this is among his very finest works. The sheer breadth and depth of emotional expression he has put into the score of this film is a huge part of what makes the film what it is to me. Like subtitles to a foreign language film, his soaring music is a crib sheet to the intense emotions this film will take you through. Find the soundtrack at all costs, it was sadly deleted long ago, I never expected to find it but amazingly did, after chatting with someone I met on a Hans Zimmer fansite guest book.

Watch this film, let yourself live the emotions, don't get bogged in trivial nitpicking of the ending, be that child again

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