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Radio (2003)

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The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.


Michael Tollin


Mike Rich
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Radio
Ed Harris ... Coach Jones
Alfre Woodard ... Principal Daniels
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Maggie
Brent Sexton ... Honeycutt
Chris Mulkey ... Frank
Sarah Drew ... Mary Helen
Riley Smith ... Johnny
Patrick Breen ... Tucker
Debra Winger ... Linda
Bill Roberson ... Del
Kenneth H. Callender Kenneth H. Callender ... Don
Michael Harding ... Irv the Cop
Charles Garren Charles Garren ... Clive
Rebecca Koon ... Waitress


Set in 1976, real life Coach Jones befriends mentally disabled black student, Radio. They then form a friendship and bond over the football season. Though things take a turn for the worst when certain fans and parents feel that Radio is a distraction, and is getting in the way of the team succeeding.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


His courage made them champions.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


On September 2, 2016, James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy was inducted into the T. L. Hanna Hall Of Fame. See more »


When Radio is taking the radio apart that assistant coach Honeycutt gave him, it's obvious the radio has no power. That type of radio has a two-prong power connection on the circuit board that plugs into the molded plug in the housing when it's assembled. When opened, that power connection is unplugged like pulling the plug from a wall power socket. You can see the two power prongs on the circuit board when they show it from the rear. See more »


Radio: Whe' mah pie!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »


Referenced in The Boondocks: The New Black (2014) See more »


Land of a Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner
Performed by The Harrison High School Band
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Under license from Fox Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

A true "feel good" movie that will warm you heart!
27 July 2008 | by PudgyPandaManSee all my reviews

This is a great heartwarming story that the whole family can watch and enjoy, both young and old, which is rare! It is even made better by the fact that this is based on a true story. I love movies that remind us of and reinforce the good in humanity.

This film won a CAMIE award, which stands for "Character and Morality in Entertainment", which recognizes movies that are entertaining and uplifting. I didn't even know this award existed until this movie won one. (If you like to see inspiring movies, check out their website for past winners at camieawards.org)

This story, from the writer of "The Rookie", is inspired by real events in the life of a mentally-challenged man named Radio (Gooding Jr.), who won the heart of a high school football coach, (Harris) a South Carolina football team and eventually the town of Anderson, SC. The story explores how Radio overcomes his handicap and personal struggles through kindness and compassion from Coach Harold Jones.

Some people will find this too sentimental and cheesy. But if you like positive messages and stories of hope and overcoming adversity, you will love this movie, as I did.

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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio See more »

Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,303,724, 26 October 2003

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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