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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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Radio
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Coach Jones
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Principal Daniels
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Maggie
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Honeycutt
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Frank
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Mary Helen
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Johnny
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Tucker
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Linda
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Del
Kenneth H. Callender ...
Don
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Irv the Cop
Charles Garren ...
Clive
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Waitress
Hi Bedford Roberson ...
School Receptionist
Michael Kroeker ...
Young Cop
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Football Referee (as Mark Ellis)
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Cop #2
Evan Aldrich ...
Danny
Megan Coffman ...
Melodee
Benjamin L. Peters Jr. ...
Hallway Kid
Leonard Wheeler ...
Hoop Referee
Therond Justin Adams ...
Laird
Othello Coleman III ...
Hanna Player
Bert Beatson ...
Hoop Player
Ty O'Farrell ...
Ron Wilborn
Dorothy McDowell ...
Patricia Ann Yearwood
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Teacher (as James Gooden)
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Autograph Kid (as Joseph Barrett)
Deborah McTeer ...
Linda's Friend
Jamie Murdaugh ...
Student
Eugene Cryer Jr. ...
Pastor Wickland (as Reverend Eugene Cryer Jr.)
William E. Lykes ...
Assistant Coach
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Woman in Stands (as Tammy Christine Arnold)
Kasheem J. Peterson ...
Football Player
Kate Powell ...
Honeycutt's Squeeze
Michael Flippo ...
Bus Driver
James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy ...
Self
Harold Jones ...
Self
Mike Anthony ...
Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Barrett ...
Barbershop / Townsfolk (uncredited)
James Barrett ...
High School Student (uncredited)
Jared Bealer ...
Extra (uncredited)
Hi Bedford-Roberson ...
Receptionist (uncredited)
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High School Student (uncredited)
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T.L. Hannah Basketball Player (uncredited)
Austen Brown ...
Cheerleader (uncredited)
Patricia Buckley-Moss ...
Mrs. Frank Clay (uncredited)
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Hanna Small Forward (uncredited)
Wayne Capps ...
Football Fan (uncredited)
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Daniel High School Football Coach (uncredited)
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Cheerleader (uncredited)
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Football Player (uncredited)
Craig S. Harper ...
Westside High School Head Football Coach (uncredited)
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Man in Barbershop / Townsman (uncredited)
Lynda Keisler ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
James Obadiah Knight ...
Cop (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
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Cheerleader (uncredited)
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Hanna Point Guard (uncredited)
Jamie Peterson ...
Player in Locker Room 2 (uncredited)
Eynne Ray ...
Hanna Fan (uncredited)
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Stinger the mascot (uncredited)
Chris Westmoreland ...
Fan (uncredited)
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Football Fan / Graduate (uncredited)
Kevin Woods ...
Football Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Tollin

Written by

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Mike Rich ... (written by)
 
Gary Smith ... (magazine article) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Herbert W. Gains ... producer
Todd Garner ... executive producer
Brian Robbins ... producer
Caitlin Scanlon ... executive producer
Michael Tollin ... producer
Tierre Turner ... associate producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Don Burgess ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Chris Lebenzon
Harvey Rosenstock

Editorial Department

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Meredith Apel ... assistant editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Peter Fandetti ... first assistant editor
Lara B. Grant ... assistant editor (as Lara Grant)
John P. Husky ... editorial assistant
Daniel Kupresan ... assistant editor (as Daniel K. Kupresan)
Jennifer Martinez ... assistant editor
Joel Negron ... additional editor
Jim Passon ... color timer
Marc Pattavina ... apprentice editor
Julie Saegert ... editorial assistant
Michael Eaves ... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Ron Orenstein ... dailies colorist (uncredited)
Tony M. Winters ... dailies assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Margery Simkin

Production Design by

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Clay A. Griffith

Art Direction by

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Thomas Minton

Set Decoration by

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Robert Greenfield

Costume Design by

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Denise Wingate

Makeup Department

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Carrie Angland ... makeup artist: Ms. Woodard
Wyatt Belton ... hair stylist
Stacye P. Branche ... hair stylist: Mr. Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branche) / makeup artist: Mr. Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branche)
Jeff Goodwin ... makeup department head
Cheri Minns ... makeup artist: Ms. Winger
Rick Pour ... makeup artist
Jo Jo Stephens ... key hair stylist (as Jojo Stephens)
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair stylist: Ms. Winger
Gary Archer ... dental prosthetics (uncredited) / dental technician (uncredited)
Teresa Foshee ... makeup background supervisor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Sara Flamm ... production supervisor
Herbert W. Gains ... unit production manager
Isabel Henderson ... post-production supervisor
Jim Conrads ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paula Case ... second assistant director
E. Langston Craig ... dga trainee
Vincent Lascoumes ... first assistant director
Christophe Le Chanu ... second second assistant director (as Christophe LeChanu)

Art Department

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Dwight Benjamin-Creel ... property master
Geoff Cormier ... key greens (as Geoffrey Cormier)
Andrew Seward Duncan ... set designer
Frank M. Fleming ... leadman
Tom Jones Jr. ... construction coordinator
Bill King ... graphic artist
Alicia Lowe ... art department coordinator
Alton McClellan ... stand-by painter (as Alton H. McClellan)
Randall Milazzo ... assistant property master (as Randall R. Milazzo)
Julia Starr Sanford ... set designer
Larry Sauls ... on-set dresser
Roger Scruggs ... general foreman
Brian Stultz ... scenic chargeman
John B. Clarey III ... carpenter (uncredited)
D. Tobias Denney ... art production assistant (uncredited)
Chester Lee Henderson Jr. ... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Hughes ... set dresser (uncredited)
Randy Kenan ... mill foreman (uncredited)
Donnie MacDonald ... swing (uncredited)
Greg Spencer ... foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tom Bellfort ... supervising sound editor
Jeffree Bloomer ... production sound mixer
Michael Broomberg ... foley artist
Hector C. Gika ... sound designer (as Hector Gika)
Dan Hegeman ... sound effects editor
Michael Hertlein ... adr editor
Larry Kemp ... foley editor
Diane Marshall ... foley artist
Michael Minkler ... supervising sound mixer
Myron Nettinga ... supervising sound mixer
Michael Piotrowski ... boom operator
Michael Rayle ... cable
Branden Spencer ... first assistant sound editor
Frederick H. Stahly ... adr editor
Lucy Sustar ... foley mixer
Bruce Tanis ... sound effects editor (as Bruce Tannis)
Hugh Waddell ... dialogue supervisor
Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist (uncredited)
Eddie Bydalek ... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Cassie Cosgrove ... utility sound (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Thomas Kittle ... special effects coordinator
Walter Kiesling ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Steven Fagerquist ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Brian Smallwood ... digital artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Ryan Crawford ... stunts
Tyler C. Daum ... stunts
Donte R. Hunter ... stunts
Bert Beatson ... stunts: football double (uncredited)
Dréy Wigfall ... stunts: football (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Bonsignore ... dolly grip
Eddie Bowlin ... rigging gaffer
Michael Brennan ... dolly grip
Michael J. Coo ... key grip (as Michael Coo)
Edward J. Cox ... assistant chief lighting technician
Steven Cueva ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Thomas H. Dean ... Fixtures Foreman
Rusty Edmonson ... lighting technician
Mark Gilmer ... camera loader
Tony Jenzano ... video assist operator (as Tony Jenzano III)
Craig Kohtala ... best boy grip
Steven C. McGee ... chief lighting technician
Patrick B. O'Brien ... camera operator (as Patrick O'Brien)
Robert Presley ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Michael Tackett ... still photographer
Dascious Thomas ... rigging key grip
Joseph Thomas ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Zoran Veselic ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Matthew E. Alper ... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Stephen Brock ... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
James Frederick ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ben D. Griffith Jr. ... grip (uncredited)
Chris Jadick ... electrician (uncredited)
Matthew McGinn ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Danny Morganelli ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Harrison Palmer ... electrician (uncredited)
Mike Repeta ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Andrew Shulkind ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Skinner ... rigging grip (uncredited)
John R. Sutton ... rigger (uncredited)
Fred Thomas ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tona B. Dahlquist ... extras casting / local casting
Justine Hempe ... casting associate
Gary Graham ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Jim Keisler ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sandra Collier ... costume supervisor
Karen Keyes ... costumer (as Karen D. Keyes)
Keva Keyes ... costumer
Paul A. Simmons Jr. ... key costumer
Omar J. Simmons ... costumer
Ric Spencer ... costumer: Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Frederick Spencer)
Patricia Buckley-Moss ... costumer (uncredited)
Amy Graham ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Russell Cook ... location assistant (as Russell D. Cook)
Tim Grady ... assistant location manager
Mary Morgan ... location manager (as Mary Morgan-Kerlagon)

Music Department

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Ramiro Belgardt ... assistant music editor
Bob Bornstein ... music preparation
Bobby Collins ... music licensing
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Jim Henrikson ... music editor
James Horner ... orchestrator
Lisa Jaime ... music editor
Kenneth Karman ... music editor (as Ken Karman)
Randy Kerber ... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes ... score mixer
Cassandra Richburg ... musician: viola (as Lynne Richburg)
Laura Ziffren ... music supervisor (as Laura Wasserman)
Robb Boyd ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited)
Brian Kilgore ... musician (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd ... scoring crew (uncredited)
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Jay Selvester ... scoring crew (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Michael J. Leone ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Tyler C. Daum ... transportation coordinator (as Tyler Carleton Daum)
Wayne Jones ... transportation captain
Joey Ricker ... camera truck driver / transportation co-captain
Kim Smallwood ... driver
C. Benny Dietz ... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
E. Michael Hewett ... additional van driver (uncredited)
Todd Luckey ... driver: specialty equipment (uncredited)
Judson Merrell ... driver (uncredited)
Linda Pickett ... driver (uncredited)
Randall Pickett ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Tammy Arnold ... dialect coach
Karen Chalk Wheeler ... assistant accountant (as Karen Chalk)
William Cook Jr. ... production assistant
Jennifer Corey ... production coordinator
D. Tobias Denney ... production assistant
Elizabeth A. Dennis ... production assistant
Angeline Duran ... assistant: Mr. Tollin
Steven Eddy ... production secretary
Mark Robert Ellis ... sports coordinator (as Mark Ellis)
Natasha Fairchild ... cheerleading coordinator
Frances Fiore ... unit publicist
Adam Fox ... production assistant: additional photography
Steven Goldfried ... production assistant
Kimberly Jase ... first assistant accountant
Steve Kinzer ... production assistant
Robert Lane ... assistant accountant
Brendan Magee ... assistant basketball coach (as Brendan R. Magee)
Clarence E. Mays ... craft service
Brock Miller ... assistant football coach
Jack Munn ... medic
Kate Powell ... assistant: Mr. Gains
Kathy Rayle ... assistant production coordinator
Mark A. Reich ... medic
Joanie Selden ... payroll accountant
Carter Skjelset ... assistant: Mr. Gooding Jr.
Trish 'The Dish' Stanard ... production assistant (as Trish Stanard)
Blanche Sypher ... craft service
Ian Sypher ... craft service
Jennifer Taginski ... athletic trainer
Allen E. Taylor ... production accountant
Cal Wrenn ... assistant sports coordinator
Terrence B. Zinn ... production assistant
Clyde D. Baisey ... medic (uncredited)
Darren Baker ... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Bartelt ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ava DuVernay ... promotional services (uncredited)
Philippe Gallichet ... caterer (uncredited) / chef (uncredited)
Dana Hawley ... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Khalil ... production assistant (uncredited)
Debbie Lane ... additional set production assistant (uncredited) / catering assistant (uncredited)
Valerie N. Robinson ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason J. Scott ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Sheaffer ... production assistant (uncredited)
Chad Wheeler ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron G. York ... head technician: Libra (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mike Devin ... special thanks (as Police Chief Mike Devin)
Coach James Fraser ... special thanks
Terry Honeycutt Jr. ... special thanks (as Coach Terry Honeycutt Jr.)
Harold Jones ... special thanks
James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy ... special thanks
Dennis Patterson ... special thanks (as Coach Dennis Patterson)
Josh Peter ... special thanks
Gary Smith ... special thanks: Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On"
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sie nennen ihn Radio (Germany)
  • Me llaman Radio (Spain)
  • Mi chiamano Radio (Italy)
  • Radio: Me llaman radio (Argentina)
  • Meu Nome é Radio (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $13,303,724, 26 Oct 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia On September 2, 2016, James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy was inducted into the T. L. Hanna Hall Of Fame. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Life Savings for a Rasta Banana (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Let It Ride See more »
Crazy Credits During the end credits, clips show the real James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy at Hanna High School football games in the present day. See more »
Quotes Coach Jones: [at the final confrontation in the barbershop] "... but the truth is,we're not the one been teachin' Radio, Radio's the one been teachin' us - cause the way he treats us all the time is the way we wish we treated each other even part of the time."
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