Radio

Radio

Michael Tollin (2003)

104min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this true-life feel-good tale set in 1970s South Carolina, Cuba Gooding Jr plays "Radio", a mentally disabled student who's made team mascot by Ed Harris's protective high-school football coach. Radio's new-found status arouses the hostility of the the narrow-minded locals in his home town, which makes Harris's mentoring of Gooding Jr not just problematic, but also a learning experience for them both. Debra Winger appears as Harris's understanding wife, and she and her fellow leads give it their all. Unfortunately much of their effort is wasted in a film that over-subscribes to the ideology that nothing succeeds like excess. This mawkish slushfest may be marginally better than Gooding Jr's dire Boat Trip, but that's no recommendation.

Summary

A high-school American football coach saves a learning-disabled black man from being attacked by his players and makes him the team mascot - a kindly gesture that arouses hostility among the bigots in the community. Drama, starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Ed Harris and Alfre Woodard.

Cast & Crew

Radio Cuba Gooding Jr
Coach Jones Ed Harris
Principal Daniels Alfre Woodard
Maggie S Epatha Merkerson
Honeycutt Brent Sexton
Frank Chris Mulkey
Mary Helen Sarah Drew
Johnny Riley Smith
Director Michael Tollin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: DVD
Drama