Radio Flyer

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Two brothers are the victims of their widowed mother's violent drunkard husband who spares no rod with the youngest brother. Reverting to a world of make-believe, they imagine that their Radio Flyer wagon can fly and that in it they can escape their tormenting stepfather. This film deals in an almost make-believe manner with the serious issue of child abuse. It is narrated by Tom Hanks.
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Two brothers are the victims of their widowed mother's violent drunkard husband who spares no rod with the youngest brother. Reverting to a world of make-believe, they imagine that their Radio Flyer wagon can fly and that in it they can escape their tormenting stepfather. This film deals in an almost make-believe manner with the serious issue of child abuse. It is narrated by Tom Hanks.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Though at times falling into the familiar trappings of over-sentimentalized family melodrama, Richard Donner's sensitive tale of a childhood marred by abuse is ultimately redeemed by Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello's fine performances and Donner's symbolic handling of the material. It goes without question that child abuse is a difficult topic to present to an audience, though with screenwriter David Mickey Evans' decision to filter it through the innocent eyes of children, and director Donner's lens following cue appropriately, the film successfully conveys the trauma of abuse from a cinematically ideal perspective. Though a less established director may not have the skill to carry off the story with this approach, Donner's ability to extract skillful performances from his youthful actors provides the film with the precise performances it needs to succeed. Though never seen directly, Adam Baldwin's performance as the menacing head of the household who demands to be addressed as "the King" provides a faceless nightmare of a monster more threatening than any comic-book creature, and Lorraine Bracco's performance as a mother who refuses to see his atrocities is in turns frustrating and sympathetic. With an open-ended coda that offers no clear answers, the film remains true to its childlike sense of wonder and discovery. The fact the viewer is never given a clear indication as to the ultimate fate of the sibling so desperate to escape his troubled home safeguards the possibility of his victory in an obscure, endearing manner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • UPC: 043396067103
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,530

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Mike
Joseph Mazzello Bobby
Lorraine Bracco Mary
John Heard Daugherty
Adam Baldwin The King
Ben Johnson Geronimo Bill
Tom Hanks Older Mike
Sean Baca Young Fisher
Robert Munic Older Fisher
Daniel Bieber 2nd Boy
Mike Fenton
Adam Hendershott 1st Boy
Stephen Kahan Coffee Shop Manager
Valorie Massalas
Scott Lloyd Nimerfro Golfer
Rhea Perlman
Reye Reed Restaurant Patron
Judy Taylor
Thomas Ian Nicholas Ferdie
Isaac Ocampo Jorge Hernandez
Kaylan Romero Jesus Hernandez
T.J. Evans Big Raymond
Victor di Mattia Little Raymond
Coleby Lombardo 1st Fisher Friend
Mike Simmrin 2nd Fisher Friend
Lennard Camarillo 4th Fisher Friend
Lois Foraker Aunt
William J. Bonnel Uncle
Henry LaPlante Priest
Steven Anthony Jones Postman
Paul Tuerpé Market Cashier
Susan Gale Linn Waitress at Coffee Shop
Dawan Scott Bigfoot
James Oliver Gas Station Attendant
Michael Maiello Gas Station Patron
Hattie Schwartzberg 1st Ticket Taker
Joan Hyman 2nd Ticket Taker
John Mazzello School Boy
Hannah Wood School Girl
James W. Gavin Pilot
Elden Ratliff 3rd Fisher Friend
Abraham Verduzco Carlos Hernandez
Garette Ratliff Henson Chad
Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
Richard Alexander Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Baird Editor
Rick Bieber Producer
Alexander B. Collett Associate Producer
Peter Donen Special Effects
Michael Douglas Producer
David Mickey Evans Producer, Screenwriter
Sherry Fadely Associate Producer
Robert Fernandez Musical Direction/Supervision
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
James M. Halty Stunts
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
David F. Klassen Art Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Peter McAlevey Producer
Dallas Puett Editor
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Mic Rodgers Stunts
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
Richard Solomon Producer
Michael Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Harry Tugend Co-producer
Jennie Lew Tugend Producer
Jim Van Wyck Co-producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:13]
2. A Long Road Ahead [2:06]
3. Geronimo Bill [4:02]
4. The King [3:42]
5. Sold [4:38]
6. The Fort [3:16]
7. The Legend [4:23]
8. Expedition [3:54]
9. Late Nights [4:01]
10. The Answer [5:10]
11. The Wishing Spot [3:52]
12. Recycling [3:20]
13. Bigfoot? [5:34]
14. Magic Spell [3:19]
15. By Design [1:13]
16. Touchdown [3:56]
17. "It Won't Be Long." [4:45]
18. Even Worse [3:21]
19. The Idea [4:39]
20. On the 7th Day [2:56]
21. Thieves [3:22]
22. That Bad Feeling [2:46]
23. The Day [2:02]
24. "Fill 'er Up." [2:04]
25. Dear Mom [3:24]
26. "He's Safe." [4:10]
27. Love Bobby [7:13]
28. A Flyer [1:28]
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      Subtitles: English
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    I'm an Elijah fan, and this movie is great. A lot of drama, and one of Elijah's best roles!!!

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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