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At Theaters: 10/24/2003 On Video: 1/27/2004
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419963
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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A story inspired by events in the life of "Radio," about the mentoring relationship between a high school football coach and Radio, a mentally challenged man who changed their lives and transformed a small South Carolina town.
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Drama - A very emotional film (ladies take a tissue) with lots of feel- good, heartwarming moments and humor.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Cuba Gooding, Jr. THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, BOAT TRIP, SNOW DOGS
Ed Harris THE HOURS, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, POLLOCK
Alfre Woodard K-PAX, DINOSAUR, MUMFORD, DOWN IN THE DELTA
S. Epatha Merkerson TV's - LAW & ORDER
Debra Winger SHADOWLANDS, A DANGEROUS WOMAN
Dir/Prod: Mike Tollin SUMMER CATCH
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Production Notes Heading
All About "Radio"
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A First-Class Ensemble
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 15 S-words (all in one scene) and a dozen milder words.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Lots of feel-good humor throughout.
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Average

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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good "Now if the movie's story sounds too good to be true, that's probably how you'll find it. There is no cynicism in Radio, no angle or edge. It's about what it's about, with an open, warm and fond nature. Every once in a while human nature expresses itself in a way we can feel good about, and this is one of those times.''

USA TODAY Full Review
Average "It feels as if the filmmakers wanted so much to beatify Radio that they created only the barest of conflict and avoided problems that may have plagued the real guy. Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.''

TV Guide Online Full Review
Average "The heart-warming drama about mentally handicapped individuals who change the way 'normal' people think is its own genre, and this film doesn't mess with the formula.''

Newsday Full Review
Below Average "Radio, the movie, is about as bogus an exercise in audience manipulation as you are likely to see this year."

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 194 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
7
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
12
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
32
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
45
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
72
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

INCREDIBLE OPINIONS! EVERYBODY LOVED RADIO! Go See It! Only a handful of movies a year will receive moviegoer opinions this high. Radio will almost certainly be a top ten moviegoer favorite of 2003.

Good thing you don't have to rely on the opinions of professional movie critics. Most rated it only average and even below average. Only Roger Ebert rated it good.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A wonderful movie the whole family will absolutely love! It's a very funny and very entertaining story with lots of feel-good moments. It's also very emotional in a few scenes so you ladies will want to bring a tissue.

This is truly a movie for the whole family. Both my thirteen-year-old granddaughter and my fourteen-year-old grandson LOVED Radio. This is a movie NOT TO BE MISSED! GO SEE RADIO!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
James Robert Kennedy (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) -- nicknamed ‘Radio' because of his vintage radio collection and his love of music -- is a loner in Anderson, South Carolina, pushing his ever-present grocery cart up and down the streets. He speaks to no one and is rarely spoken to, until one day, Coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris), one of the town's most respected men, and coach of the popular high school football team, befriends him.

Radio is suspicious at first. But Coach Jones is persistent, even enlisting the help of Radio's mother (S. Epatha Merkerson). Jones' friends and family are taken aback as well since, until he met Radio, all his energies were poured exclusively into football.

Slowly, Coach Jones earns Radio's trust and opens up a new world to him. He invites Radio to help out at football practice and during games and to sit in on his classes at school, despite the initial misgivings of Principal Daniels (Alfre Woodard). He also champions him to the football players, the students and faculty. Coach Jones' life is also enriched by Radio, from whom he learns to value friendship and family ties as much as he does coaching football.

Still, there are those in town who believe that Coach Jones' devotion to the young man is distracting him from his duties as head coach of the football team. There are several attempts to have Radio barred from the classroom and, after his mother's untimely death, remanded to a mental-health facility.

Coach Jones valiantly fights off these efforts, but he is finally forced to make a difficult decision, which will impact both his growing friendship with Radio and his career as a football coach.

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