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
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Writer David Mickey Evans has stated that the script was much darker than the final film, and the child abuse angle was more prominent. When the film was taken over by Richard Donner, those elements were toned down. He also felt that the studio marketing "Radio Flyer" as a family film was a factor for the film's failure at the box-office. See more »
When they first arrive to find that Bobby has flown away, the walkie talkie antennae is bent. When they show Mike and his mom it's straight again. See more »
History is all in the mind of the teller. Truth is all in the telling.
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Most people dislike this movie because of the ending. That is because of their own limited imaginations, a point I think Richard Donner was trying to make throughout the movie. They try to criticize the film on their own miotic interpretation. Americans aren't used to the subtle, especially from the Lethal Donner. I think those people need to watch it again, and especially pay attention to the narration. Truth is in the mind of the beholder. The movie is about the innocence of childhood- the grandness of being naive and imaginative-being ripped apart by an abusive adult. Just as they never REALLY seen the boogie man, Bobby never REALLY flew away. Mike deceived himself into believing that his brother flew away to hide from the fact that his brother died. Listen to his words, and watch his mother. It is very subtle, and I have had this argument 100 times before (see, I have only had it probably 5 times but I have deceived myself into thinking it is many more). Don't feel bad. I have found that only 1 out of 10 people that have seen the movie
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