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Director: Mike Tollin

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard


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Radio is one of those heartwarming, "based on a true story" films that is hard not to like. In many ways, the same can be said about the DVD from Columbia/TriStar, since everything indicates this project was a labor of love. This is never more clear than in the supplements included on this disc, especially in the three featurettes: "Tuning in on Radio," with


Radio is one of those heartwarming, "based on a true story" films that is hard not to like. In many ways, the same can be said about the DVD from Columbia/TriStar, since everything indicates this project was a labor of love. This is never more clear than in the supplements included on this disc, especially in the three featurettes: "Tuning in on Radio," with cast and crew interviews, which is far better than most making-of pieces; "Writing Radio," a discussion with screenwriter Mike Rich and others on what went into creating the screenplay; and "The 12-Hour Football Games of Radio," with the highly enthusiastic sports coordinator Mark Ellis. Not to be outdone, director Mike Tollin provides a scene-specific commentary track. Often monotonic and repetitive from the featurettes, he still offers plenty of insight about this production. The remainder of the supplements include six decent deleted scenes, generic filmographies, the original Sports Illustrated article on DVD-ROM, and the trailers for this film, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, Mona Lisa Smile, Something's Gotta Give, Spellbound, and Rudy. As for the picture and sound, they aren't half bad either. The 1.85:1 image is really as good as it gets. Colors are realistic and never flashy, so they don't overshadow the point of the film, and this transfers perfectly to the digital medium. Skin tones are immediately noticeable, as well, and they come across very naturally. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track isn't spectacular, as it's by and large limited to a type of low-key approach, but there is still plenty of depth to the overall sound scheme. The sound levels occasionally aren't blended adequately, though, and the balance between higher and lower volumes creates a problem. Still, even with some minor faults, this is an exceptional package.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. is famous for the poor quality of his post-Oscar work, so it was natural to assume that his performance as a mentally handicapped football assistant would be all bug-eyed caricature. It's definitely possible to quibble with some of his facial expressions, but Gooding actually underplays more scenes in Radio than he overplays. That leaves the movie on the whole in the range of B to B+ material. Good for a hankie or two -- with the right audience -- it's mid-level inspirational stuff that's delivered competently, but with little distinction. Radio does earn some credibility by being based on a real person, James Robert Kennedy, and the fact that it doesn't just follow the typical sports movie arc of seeing the team through one memorable season. Director Mike Tollin has been around a ton of sports movies in his day, so it's to his credit that Radio is more about how a special individual -- in the least condescending sense of that word -- impacts a whole town, rather than a specific athletic program. (Radio also walks the sidelines for the boys' basketball team). The central issues are the same as they would be for any group trying to seamlessly integrate someone who's intellectually different -- how to encourage him and give him a place without allowing his suggestible judgment to endanger either himself or others. In the role of Radio's champion and surrogate father, Ed Harris is a bit too saintly to effectively personify this central tension, but he does such likeable work that he's also not worth criticizing. Radio will please a lot of skeptics simply for the fact that it mostly avoids maudlin scenes and emotional manipulation. However, it doesn't rank especially high as either an underdog sports movie or a complex consideration of the mentally disabled.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers

There's no arguing that Cuba Gooding Jr. is trying to do right by the mentally disabled James Robert Kennedy.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

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.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
A gentle film yet develops increasing dramatic tension beneath its easygoing, fair-minded surface.

Product Details

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Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Deleted scenes; "Tuning in on Radio" featurette; "The 12-hour Football Games of Radio" featurette; "Writing Radio" featurette; "Someone to Lean On: The Story of Radio" DVD-ROM bonus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cuba Gooding James Robert "Radio" Kennedy
Ed Harris Coach Harold Jones
Alfre Woodard Principal Reynolds
S. Epatha Merkerson Maggie Kennedy
Brent Sexton Honeycutt
Debra Winger Linda Jones
Chris Mulkey Frank
Sarah Drew Mary Helen
Riley Smith Johnny
Patrick Breen Tucker
Therond Justin Adams Laird
Evan Aldrich Danny
Mike Anthony Himself
Tammy Christine Arnold Woman in Stands
Joseph Barrett Autograph Kid
Bert Beatson Hoop Player
Kenneth H. Callender Don
Megan Coffman Melodee
Othello Coleman Hanna Player
Eugene Cryer Pastor Wickland
Mark Robert Ellis Football Referee
Michael Flippo Bus Driver
Charles Garren Clive
James Gooden Teacher
Michael Harding Irv the Cop
Harold W. Jones Himself
James Robert "Radio" Kennedy Himself
Rebecca Koon Waitress
Michael Kroeker Young Cop
William E. Lykes Assistant Coach
Dorothy McDowell Joyce Ann Yearwood
Deborah McTeer Linda's Friend
Jamie Murdaugh Student
Ty O'Farrell Ron Wilborn
Benjamin L. Peters Hallway Kid
Kasheem J. Peterson Football Player
Kate Powell Honeycutt's Squeeze
Shelley Reid Cop #2
Bill Roberson Del
Hi Bedford Roberson School Receptionist
Leonard Wheeler Hoop Referee

Technical Credits
Mike Tollin Director,Producer
Carrie Angland Makeup
Stacye Branche Makeup
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Ryan Crawford Stunts
Tyler Daum Stunts
Andre W. Duncan Set Decoration/Design
Sara Flamm Production Manager
Herbert W. Gains Producer
Todd Garner Executive Producer
Hector Gika Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Greenfield Set Decoration/Design
Clay Griffith Production Designer
James Horner Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Donté R. Hunter Stunts
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Cheri Minns Makeup
Thomas Minton Art Director
Patrick B. O'Brien Camera Operator
Rick Pour Makeup
Robert Presley Camera Operator
Simon Rhodes Sound Mixer
Mike Rich Screenwriter
Brian Robbins Producer
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Julia Starr Sanford Set Decoration/Design
Caitlin Scanlon Executive Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
Tierre Turner Associate Producer
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Denise Wingate Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:23]
2. Coach Harold James [3:10]
3. James Robert Kennedy [2:19]
4. Terrified [1:59]
5. Principal Daniels [3:18]
6. Punishment of the Nine [2:31]
7. The Yellow Jackets [3:16]
8. The Post-Game Show [2:51]
9. Radio [4:37]
10. The Kennedy Home [1:36]
11. The New Team Mascot [3:28]
12. "Rubberband Man" [1:38]
13. A Little Slower Than Most [2:04]
14. Principal Concern [2:32]
15. Unsportsmanlike Conduct [4:47]
16. A Great Comeback [:06]
17. A Disgruntled Booster [2:57]
18. Mr. Tucker [2:42]
19. Christmas Spirit [6:55]
20. Under Arrest [3:42]
21. The Girls' Locker Room Incident [6:48]
22. A Death in the Family [7:09]
23. Why He's Doing What He's Doing [6:04]
24. The Bottom Line [4:14]
25. Welcome Back, Johnny [3:42]
26. Setting His Priorities Straight [4:09]
27. Graduation Day [8:31]
28. 26 Years Later [5:45]


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Radio 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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I saw this movie in the theater and couldn't wait for its release on DVD. The acting is superb, particularly Cuba Gooding, Jr. The story is not a new one, but well worth re-telling. Stand up for what you believe in, stop and look around you, treat others kindly, and the list goes on. Why is it that so many good movies with a great message involve football? Radio ranks among my favorite movies which also include Remember The Titans and Brian's Song (the original version). Well worth owning...share it with your children, other family members, and friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie, it make you feel every emotion possible. It made me laugh out loud, it made me mad, at the boys that hurt him, it made me cry, it also made me feel like there is still some good in the world and it comes from someone most people would pass by and not even notice or care. This movie is number one in my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this movie and the true story behined it. Cuba Gooding jr plays radio and for all of his life radio had been a menteliy challenegd man, but he never let that stop him. In the movie he all ways had a shopping cart that he would push around every one tretaed him difrent in a way that was all most to rude. Untill ed harris who plays the footballcoach for the high scholl takes him under his wing and becomes hi friend so does his wife and daughter, and what some of the teammates do to radio is just mean, and when a cop arrest radio because he thins that radio had stolled gifts that radio was pasing out to thoes that would not have one that was all so sad. But that would all change he then got a lot of new friends and one of the players that had been mean to him becomes his friend and hid dad is not happy like he should be mean to radio just because radio is diffrent you must see thi movei i don't want to tellyou to much if you have not yet seennthis hart felt movie. you will laugh cheer and cry and will want see it again and again . joanna.
Dreamer4ever More than 1 year ago
I must say, when I saw this movie for the first time-I cried so hard-I could not believe it. It is one of the most touching stories I have ever had the priviledge of seeing as a film. Fabulous!
Cuba Gooding Jr. did a wonderful job of playing Radio. I don't think anyone could match his portrayal. He makes you feel as if you are seeing the real Radio, and your heart goes out to him the moment you see him.
Ed Harris did a great job, as well. Not quite the magnificence of Cuba Gooding Jr., but very likeable.
This is one of those edgy, emotional stories that grips your heart in the first few minutes. It draws you in and you begin to feel what the characters are feeling. I don't think that I can even count the number of times that I cried and I'm sure there are other people out there that can say the same. I would suggest this movie to anyone-young or old. This movie really isn't as much about sports as it is the acceptance that the people in the town have to grow for Radio. It is a wonderful story that anyone could enjoy. I loved it and I know you will at least like it!
(The epilogue at the end is cute!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Radio is one of the most heartfelt and touching movies that I have seen. It really shows what a big difference that little things such as acceptance, friendship, or a game-winning football can make in someone's life. I think this movie delivers an incredible message that everyone should hear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cried in one touching part and lost count by a hundred of how many times I smiled of being touched by the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good, touching and outstanding movie. I really recommend you to see it then buy it it is so good. It can be sad but it is really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt so sorry for Radio when they tied him up in that building.I wanted to go help him, he seems so sweet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome movie.The best one I ever saw. We watched it at school and every one loved it.The teaches even cryid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST movie I've seen, I liked it better than Pirates of the Carribean, and I saw Pirates FOUR times. Radio IS OUTSTANDING
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this movie is the best!! It has good acting and the story is good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Radio was a really good movie! It made you think and the fact that it was a true story allowed you to get into it. Radio made me laugh, It made me cry and it touched my heart. I think it had a really positive message that it sent to viewers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good, clean movie that the entire family can enjoy and view together! It is very touching and has a good message!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie that reminds us once again how to open our minds in regard to how we look at as well as treat others who are different from otherselves. As well as to see those things that are really important in life and often overlooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like the movie Radi. Some reasons why are because he teaches alot of people and its not like this was a made up movie, it was based on a true story. I just thought that how people thought he was dangerous and was a disturbance to people, then when people really got the chance to no him they really changed there acts towards him. I would diffintely tell people to watch the movie, it would just make people chande the way they act towards other people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great and shows how hard it can be to be mentally challenged in this country while still finding a way to make everything turn out okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Radio was one of the most inspiring movies i have ever seen.Cuba Gooding played his role very very well As you find out through out the movie radio (gooding) teaches the people of the town more then they try to teach them.
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