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Radio Days (1987)

Mia Farrow , Julie Kavner , Woody Allen  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O06M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Radio Days" on IMDb

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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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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.

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55 of 58 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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34 of 37 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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22 of 24 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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Woody Allen made over eleven films through his nearly ten year association with Orion Pictures which many consider his most prolific period of filmmaking. Read more
Published 5 days ago by MICHAEL STODGHILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawrk I heauh da cannuns rowar!!!... is it da king approaching??!!
It had been a while since there were so many typical great Woody Allen one liners in one movie ... (ah few of my favorites)

"Next year Kirby Kyle won 18 games in the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by David L.
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Published 21 days ago by FRED
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite movie
Published 22 days ago by Robin M. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy - realistic sets
One of Woody's best - Hyman's "Get Regular with Relax" jingle is one of those songs that should have 'made it'. Read more
Published 28 days ago by william e howland
4.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen Lite
Woody Allen has fun with his nostalgia trip, Radio Days. The film, unfocused to a fault, is essentially a series of vignettes surrounding Allen's younger self in the early 1940's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Collin O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Rockaway Beach - So Perfect
How I enjoyed this movie. I lived in Rockaway in the 60s. Of course this movie portrays Rockaway in the 30s but I was able to relive so many memories of my childhood, especially... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane Offutt
5.0 out of 5 stars RADIO REVIEWS
Ah nostalgia, the art of the backward glance, and nobody does it better than Woody Allen. It's the 1940's and the large extended family all have their favourite radio programmes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Coralie J. Ewert
5.0 out of 5 stars A great period movie
Funny most of the time but true to the time it represents. Woody does great with his dialog and the things that happened are real as I can attest to the time period. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chowguy
5.0 out of 5 stars My Aunt and Uncle Loved it
A Great old time movie. The order came fast. If you have older family members that like old time movies, this is GREAT.
Published 6 months ago by piebuddy
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