Set in 1976, real life Coach Jones "Ed Harris" be friends mentally disabled black student, Radio "Cuba Gooding Jr." They then form a bond, but 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.
The movie leaves out coach Jones' son, Preston. He would have been six in 1976. He would go on to be an All American QB at Hanna, and then went on to play QB at Georgia and had a short stint with the Eagles. See more »
When "Radio" finally gets to ride on the school bus, the bus begins to move before he sits down. It is against the law for the bus to be in motion when anyone is in front of the "yellow line". See more »
One of Cuba's greatest performances, in this heart-warming real life account of Radio Kennedy.
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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