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

Director:

Michael Tollin

Writer:

Mike Rich

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

His courage made them champions.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Радио See more »

Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though the events in the movie take place in the Upstate region of South Carolina near the mountains, the football stadium in the movie is in Walterboro, in South Carolina's Lowcountry, near the coast. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Radio: Whe' mah pie!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: No Country for Old Dogs (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Free Ride
(1972)
Written by Dan Hartman
Performed by The Edgar Winter Group (as Edgar Winter Group)
Courtesy of Monigar Productions
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Phenomenal
25 November 2005 | by bth2004See all my reviews

This is one of the best films I have ever seen! How anyone can knock this movie just befuddles my imagination! First of all, Gooding's and Harris's performances were simply spectacular, especially Gooding. That is the only way I can describe the acting: spectacular! You have to imagine how difficult it would be to play a character like that and pull it off; then you see Gooding, and his performance was magical. As for the plot, since it was based on a true person, it goes where the lives of the characters go. For all the action buffs, it might be a little slow, but then it's not an action film. I definitely give this movie a 10. It deserves nothing less!


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