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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.

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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 »

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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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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

Radio is watching a basketball game featuring the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are wearing their red road uniforms. However, this movie takes place in 1976 and the 76ers road uniforms of the time were royal blue and not red. See more »

Quotes

Honeycutt: You gonna want something to wash it down with too? Root Beer, Coke?
Radio: [Low Voice] Coke.
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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

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Land Of 1000 Dances
(1963)
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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Almost Too Good To Be True
22 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was unusual: a modern-day film which was ultra-nice. In fact, it was so nice it bordered on being too hard to believe in parts. As I watching this based-on-a-real-life story, I was thinking, "nobody is this nice, this tolerant." Mainly, I was referring to Ed Harris' role as "Coach Jones." I think they went a little overboard on his character, but that's better than the reverse: showing him worse than what he was in real life. Odd to see Harris playing the role, too, since he has a long resume of playing nasty, profane characters.

Anyway, I never complain about a nice, feel-good film, and it is nice to see a bunch of well- meaning, kind people. Those folks direct their friendship, love and compassion to "James Kennedy," better known as "Radio," a mentally slow high school kid played by Cuba Gooding Jr. The story takes place in the mid 1970s in South Carolina. Gooding does a nice job with the role, too. However, like Sean Penn's role of a mentally-challenged man in "I Am Sam," an hour-and-a-half of a character like this is plenty. After that, the loudness of those guys gets tiresome to hear.

Note: It was interesting in one of the documentaries on this DVD to find out that, in real life, in took years for "Radio" to make his transformation, not months as shown in the film.


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