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Radio (2003)

Cuba Gooding Jr. , Ed Harris , Michael Tollin  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson, Alfre Woodard
  • Directors: Michael Tollin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008EY60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Radio" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Six deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • "Tuning In: The Making of Radio"
  • "Writing Radio"
  • "The 12-Hour Football Games of Radio"
  • DVD-ROM: The Story of Radio

Editorial Reviews

Since winning an Academy Award for his exuberant performance in Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. has gotten little but static from critics for a spate of calamitous career choices not seen since '80s-vintage Burt Reynolds. But he triumphantly returns to Oscar-worthy status with his moving performance as Radio, a mentally challenged young man, whom South Carolina high school football coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris) takes under his nurturing wing. This does not play well with the school's patient but questioning principal (Alfre Woodard); the school's biggest athletic booster, who views Radio as a distraction; the man's son, the team's star player, who plays cruel pranks on the trusting Radio; and the Coach's teenage daughter, who feels neglected. Almost all will be won over by Radio's trusting and good nature. Based on a Sports Illustrated story, Radio was adapted for the screen by Mike Rich, screenwriter of The Rookie, and as in that superior family film, the heroics are mostly off the field. As Coach says, with all the subtlety of a blitz, "We're not the ones been teaching Radio; he's the one been teaching us." The ending, in which we see the actual Radio, still cheering his team on 26 years later, will melt the most cynical hearts. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Alfre Woodard, Debra Winger. A South Carolina high school football coach meets a mentally challenged young boy. As their friendship evolves, the boy grows up to be an inspiration for the entire community. 2003/color/109 min/PG/widescreen.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with excellent performances November 8, 2003
Radio is a movie based on a true story that is vastly improved because of the excellent performances by its cast. Football coach Harold Jones sees a young mentally challenged young man walk by his team's practice everyday and begins to take an interest in him. Jones invites him to help out at practice and basically be part of the team. Soon the young man, James Robert Kennedy aka Radio, begins to have an influence on all those around him. Radio even goes to school by helping out Coach Jones and going to classes himself. Some people in the small South Carolina town do not approve of Radio and begin to make steps to have him examined by professionals and possibly move him out of town. Radio is a very good movie from beginning to end that will keep you riveted throughout. The story is great, the acting even better, and the emotions are very real as you watch this movie.
Cuba Gooding JR is great as James Robert Kennedy, aka Radio, the mentally challenged young man who becomes involved with the town's football team and its coach, Harold Jones. Jones is played by Ed Harris in a very good role for him as the thoughtful coach who is suffering through family problems of his own. The relationship between Radio and Jones is the most important in the movie and easily the very best. Some scenes are truly touching as the two men interact with each other. The film also stars Alfre Woodward as the school principal, Debra Winger as Jones' wife, and several other familiar faces who all turn in good roles. Radio is a very good movie that benefits greatly from the impressive performances turned in by its two main stars. This is a movie that may make you cry several times, but it is very enjoyable and well worth a watch. Go check out Radio!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Inspiring Drama January 27, 2004
High school football coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris) is getting ready for what should be a top season for his team. When he finds a few of his players harassing a mentally challenged young man after practice one day, he steps in and even finds a few things that "Radio" (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) can do to help the team. This outreach doesn't sit well with everyone in town who worry about having a mentally challenged person so close to their kids. Coach Jones, however, fights for Radio's ability to stay involved in sports and even begin a job at the high school. Slowly, their bond of friendship grows. But will they ever overcome other's prejudice?
When I first heard about this movie, I was ready to give it a pass. Seemed like movies I'd seen before. After my mom raved about it, I gave it a second chance and went to see it. Am I ever glad I did.
The performances from the two leads are amazing. They are given lots of material to work through, and both handle it well. This is especially true of Cuba Gooding, Jr., who makes the mentally challenged title character come to life in a believable and sympathetic way. The story is uplifting, not depressing like I had first feared. Based on a true story, it is even more inspiring to see the two real people at the end. It really challenged me to look at those around me for people who might need my help.
Anyone looking for a movie that will encourage and inspire them will love this film. It's a great film with truly memorable characters (who happen to be real) and wonderful performances.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio - A touching true story! January 31, 2004
What do you get when you mix a superior script derived from a true story; the exceptional acting talents of Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger and a whole host of outstanding supporting actors; you get "Radio," which is an exceptionally touching true story! Somehow I completely missed this one when it was in the theaters which is regrettable however, a good friend put me on to this movie and I'm enormously grateful as I found this movie to be absorbing, touching and heart warming as I'm sure you will as well!
For several years now, for me, any movie with Ed Harris in it has been one to watch as he is an extremely talented actor that conveys his characters emotions very well, engendering you to his performance. The same can be said of Cuba Gooding Jr. as well, he has done very few movies that I could say I didn't care for. As a general rule and one that applies to this movie in the fullest, when Cuba Gooding Jr. takes a role, he turns it into an Oscar caliber performance and that can truly be said of his performance in this wonderful film. I would also definitely have to say that it was nice to see Debra Winger in this film as the last movie I can recall seeing her in was "An Officer and a Gentleman," which is too bad as she is an exceptional actress! Last but not least is the performance by Alfre Woodard, and actress that I first saw in "Star Trek First Contact" and since that time I would definitely have to say that anytime I see her on screen it's time to watch what she's doing.
As of this movies release, "Radio" is only director Michael Tollin's second effort but it is quite easy to see with this beautiful film that he should have a long future in the director's seat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings A Tear... November 26, 2005
Wow...I just saw this movie and I just really enjoyed it immensly! I really hope that you would take time from your schedule and watch this movie. It is so powerful and moving that it will bring a tear to your eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
What a wonderful movie this is. Cuba Gooding plays a young man that is retarded. He would always walk pass the school field and watch the coach and the football team practice... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sueg
This is a movie I caught by chance years ago on cable that I really enjoyed. I have since bought it on DVD as it turns up in bargain bins all the time. Read more
Published 18 days ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars My first DVD I bought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I bought this DVD when I my family and I got our first DVD player. But it got damaged so I had to buy it again. A must have for any movie collector. Peter Smith
Published 1 month ago by Peter Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This has got to be one of the best movies that I have ever seen. All the actors were outstanding. Because it was based on a true story made it that much better.
Published 1 month ago by jay bo
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mama Loves it
I brought this movie for my Mama, and likes it very well. Radio is a very touching movie for the whole family member who are from ten and up.
Published 1 month ago by Ejayt7
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay
Finding the movie online was waaaay easier than finding it in a store. No more checking it out at the library!
Published 1 month ago by Penny Brockschmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I has started watching it at school, and the movie entertained me so much I rented it outside if class so I could see the ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bret
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
still touches me every time i see it, tears to my eye,awesome,wonderful movie , more movies like this are so wonderful
Published 1 month ago by Michele
4.0 out of 5 stars heart-warming, inspiring
While we live in a broken and racist world, it is good to know that love breaks through here and there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karl Lehman, M.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring
This is a really touching movie. Would highly recommend. Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr. both did an amazing job in this film along with the supporting cast. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua Jacobson
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