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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.

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

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Somewhere inside every person...someplace inside every heart...is a power that turns fear into courage...and makes dreams take flight. ...Powered by imagination. See more »

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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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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)

Gross USA:

$4,651,977
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Fisher's newspaper is dated October 20, 1962 (Writer/director David Mickey Evans' birthday). See more »

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Tom Hanks and his two movies sons are out sitting on the tarmac when he starts telling his kids why a promise is so important. The FAA does not allow people to wander out on the tarmac do to the dangers of moving aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Older Mike: There are seven lost secret fascinations and abilities. They are that: animals can talk; your favorite blanket is woven from a fabric so mighty, that once pulled over your head, it becomes an impenetrable force field, nothing is too heavy to lift with the aid of a cape; your hand, held forefinger out and thumb up, actually fires bullets; jumping from any height with an umbrella is completely safe; monsters exist and can be both seen an done battle with; and the greatest, most special and ...
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Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain
Written by Fred Rose
Performed by Sons of the Pioneers
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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More to this than meets the eye.
12 March 2004 | by silby1867See all my reviews

I love this film. It is so multifaceted. I read Melissa's comment and the first time I saw it I agreed with her. The ending with Bobby flying away doesn't make sense. Surely the mother would have fetched him back etc. Then I saw it again and the clue is in the end when 'Mike' (Tom Hanks) finishes telling the story and says to his sons something like...'Now you see what I mean about history being in the mind of the teller? That's the way I choose to remember it.' My reading of the film then changed. Bobby flying away to somewhere safe was merely a metaphor. He never made it. The 'King' eventually killed him. If you don't agree then watch it again.

I love it. I love children and the way their minds work and I think Tom Hanks does a terrific job in bringing the narration to life. The two young boys are absolutely marvellous and both went on to bigger and better things.

This is one of my favourite films.


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