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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Radio
... Coach Jones
... Principal Daniels
... Maggie
... Honeycutt
... Frank
... Mary Helen
... Johnny
... Tucker
... Linda
... Del
Kenneth H. Callender ... Don
... Irv the Cop
Charles Garren ... Clive
... Waitress


Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community. Written by Anonymous

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 »

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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Радио  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,303,724, 26 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,277,485, 25 January 2004
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On September 2, 2016, James "Radio" Kennedy was inducted into the T. L. Hanna Hall Of Fame. See more »


When Mrs. Kennedy and Coach Jones are having tea, Mrs Kennedy turns off the burner, moves the teapot to another spot on the stove, then has tea with Coach Jones. He puts sugar in the cup, but never ads water. See more »


Radio: [holding pants up to the phone for approval] How dese ones, Co' Jones?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The King of Queens: Mild Bunch (2007) See more »


If You Don't Know Me By Now
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) and Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One of Cuba's greatest performances, in this heart-warming real life account of Radio Kennedy.
13 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Radio was a movie I had heard mixed things about, but because I'm such a huge fan of Cuba Gooding, I of course checked it out. I adore Ed Harris so watching him and Cuba act alongside each other was a treat to watch. Radio I suppose is a predictable piece of sentimentality, but the way it's done is wonderful. I have worked with people who are mentally challenged and ever since then, I have grown to understand and deal with them with patience, so while I was watching the story unfold, I couldn't help but feel emotion for Radio. I really don't understand how Cuba Gooding earned a razzy for his performance here, I felt it was Oscar worthy!. I really feel Radio is a nice feel-good story of a kid that's mentally challenged being accepted by the society that he is living in, and becoming a legend in his own right. Maybe people won't love it as much as I did, but if you've worked with these kinds of kids perhaps you'd understand why I got into this as much as I did.

Performances. Cuba Gooding gives yet again a fantastic performance. This should have revived his career, but instead he's doing many crappy DTV movies now, which is very sad with a man of his caliber of talent. He feels mentally challenged, looks mentally challenged, it really was a phenomenal performance. Ed Harris is just as good. His character isn't as hard to play, but he has a lot of heart and his character was just as important.

Bottom line. Radio is a great piece of sentimentality, and it's bound to jerk a few tears or two, see it.


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