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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.

Director:

Michael Tollin

Writer:

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

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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 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.

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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 »

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because the relationship between Radio and the town is ongoing (even up until the present day), the screenwriter chose to compress the highlights of the relationship to a one-year period. See more »

Goofs

In the barbershop, when the coach resigns, one shot shows a man wearing a John Deere trucker hat. The deer on the hat is jumping upward, which means it was produced in 2000 or later. In 1976, the deer jumped downward. See more »

Quotes

Linda: It's never a mistake to care for someone. That's *always* a good thing!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to The People of Walterboro, S.C. ... The People of Anderson, S.C. See more »


Soundtracks

Let It Ride
Written by Randy Bachman and Charles Turner
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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