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Radio Days (1987)

Mia Farrow , Julie Kavner , Woody Allen  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mia Farrow, Julie Kavner, Dianne Wiest, Diane Keaton, Wallace Shawn
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O06M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Radio Days" on IMDb

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Mike Starr, Paul Herman, Don Pardo, Wallace Shawn, Seth Green. An adolescent besieged by hovering relatives is also utterly bewitched by the radio, totally innocent of the paradoxical realities that lie behind his magical refuge. 1987/color/96 min/PG./widescreen.

A sweet and clever combination of anecdotes and autobiography, Radio Days draws heavily on Woody Allen's childhood. Fittingly, the unfolding episodes are woven together by music--lovely hits of the 1940s like "In the Mood" and "That Old Feeling." Some episodes are built around radio itself (like the burglars who answer the phone in a house they're burgling and win a radio contest), and others center on the life of a young Jewish boy (Seth Green, clearly playing a version of Allen himself as a child). Though light in tone, Radio Days is an ambitious re-creation not simply of an era, but of radio itself. Nowadays radio is little more than a way to sell pop tunes, but it used to transmit dreams; watching this movie, you get a taste of how inspiring this simpler medium could be. --Bret Fetzer

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia...ah, yes... November 1, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Woody Allen (even his "clunkers"), but this is my absolute favorite Woody film. All of his films are personal, but none as personal and revealing as this...and ABSOLUTELY entertaining. Seth Green, Woody's young character, is perfect, justifying his current success. Wonderful performances from Woody's usual stock troupe (Kavner, Wiest, etc) are all in tune with the goings-on. Mia Farrow, in particular, is a hoot, especially her scenes with Danny Aiello. Woody even managed to squeeze a cameo from Diane Keaton at the end ("You Be So Nice to Come Home To"). Lovely and sweet. It's too bad the Academy eliminated the category for "Best Adapted Score", cuz this woud've won, no question. The greatest songs of the period (1940-1945) were lovingly presented, and anyone who sees this film can't help but be left with a wistful, soft and nostalgic feeling. Yes, this is my favorite Woody film.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Woody's Most Underrated Films October 9, 2001
One of Woody Allen's most underrated outings, "Radio Days" is a tremendously funny film which depicts the grip that radio had on America during World War II. While void of an actual plot, "Radio Days" succeeds as a series of vignettes involving a loud, comical New York family whose lives are enlightened by an array of music, sporting events and soap operas which reach their home by way of static-filled airwaves. Long before TV and the Internet, radio was the only source of popular culture in many American homes. Family members who fought constantly (And boy do they fight in "Radio Days"!), always found time to bond around the big radio cabinet in the kitchen or living room. In typical Allen fashion, the dialogue and characters are delightfully over the top. The cast -- Michael Tucker, Julie Kavener, Seth Green, Mia Farrow -- are stellar and perfectly suited for the outrageous script. The real charm of the film is Allen's witty take on War-era radio shows. Everything from Superheroes to a radio ventriloquist (think about it...) are spoofed in way that only Woody can spoof. Of course, classic songs from the 1940's gloriously re-reate the romance and charm of a bygone era. While "Radio Days" may not be as "important" as "Annie Hall" or "Manhattan", it is a wonderfully entertaining film which bares all the trademarks of a Woody Allen classic.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Comedy May 19, 2002
The best thing about Woody Allen is his ability to build a movie on episodic material and subplots, without the need for an overarching plot. "Radio Days" is told in anecdotal vignettes, which relate to Allen's memories of radio in the 1940s. These vignettes are seamlessly interwoven, and through them, we come to get a feel for how and where Allen grew up.
Where he grew up was Rockaway, Queens, and -- having been there dozens of times, visiting from my own Brooklyn -- Allen's actual use of the neighborhood locations really places this movie not only in place, but time, as Rockaway Beach has changed so little since the 1940s.
Most memorable are the actors which comprise the ensemble cast: Seth Green plays a young Allen, casted as "Joe"; Julie Kavner and Jeff Tucker play his always bickering parents; Diane Wiest plays his old-maid aunt, Bea. But Mia Farrow as aspiring radio personality Sally White steals the show with her Canarsie accent "Hawk, I heyuh da cannons raw. Is it da king approachin'?" and later blossoms into a radio gossip show hostess, a la Hedda Hopper, replete with a proper Anglicized accent to boot.
Living now in an age when many social critics blame television for driving the American family apart, Allen paints a portrait of a time when it was radio which drew families closer together; all his favorite childhood memories having some connection to a radio program or song, and it is this connection which Allen memorializes, suggesting a time that was not so much more innocent, but one that was more dramatic, classier and less jaded.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen selects WWII Big Band tunes for you May 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The only real complaint with this album of selections form the original soundtrack for Woody Allen's "Radio Days" is that the most memorable song from the film is not included. That would be Carmen Miranda's "Down South American Way," which is lip synchs by his character's older sister while her father and uncle provide the "ay yi, ay yi"s at the end. That being said, what you do get are representative big band tracks from the time of World War II, which means Glenn Miller ("American Patrol"), Benny Goodman ("Goodbye"), Tommy Dorsey ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), Larry Clinton ("I Double Dare You"), Xavier Cugat ("One, Two, Three, Kick"), and others. With songs like "Remember Pearl Harbor" and "(There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" it becomes clear that Allen was putting together a calculated musical background for his period piece. Even if you are a fan of the Big Band era I think you will probably find some track you do not own, because if you have all of these already you have a very nice music library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love this movie
i love this movie....i have watched it many times...the music was just great in it...any person at any age would enjoy it and it does bring back those memories of years age when i... Read more
Published 2 days ago by connie
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully quirky characters transport you back in time
Woody's wonderfully quirky characters, close attention to details in the costumes/setting transports you back to the 1940's visually, viscerally and with great wit and humor. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kristin Pedemonti
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun watch
just good woody allen type humor... reminds me of a christmas story with gene shepherd... with a jewish flare
Published 10 days ago by Just Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweet movie about a time gone by- lots of familiar faces and great music!
Published 12 days ago by Kelly49855
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love woody.
Published 12 days ago by Mary Boon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it -
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Published 17 days ago by David Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant And Totally Unexpected Surprise
"Radio Days" more than met my expectations. This may well be Woody Allen's most accessible comedy in that it's a nostalgic story with characters you care about, instead of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SkierLee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with the CD
Many thanks for a smooth, flawless transaction! Very pleased with the CD! Great music!!!
Published 2 months ago by Sunblazer
5.0 out of 5 stars I totally adore this film
I totally adore this movie. There's nothing much I can add to the previous posts, but to say it's gorgeous to look at, very touching, and hysterically funny. Read more
Published 2 months ago by addison de witt
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the words region 2 when you order.
I love this movie! BUT I would never have bought it if I knew it was region 2! It didn't seen it when I ordered it!
Published 2 months ago by Tina M. Howard
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