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Since winning an Academy Award for his exuberant performance in Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. has gotten little but static from critics for a spate of calamitous career choices not seen since '80s-vintage Burt Reynolds. But he triumphantly returns to Oscar-worthy status with his moving performance as Radio, a mentally challenged young man, whom South Carolina high school football coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris) takes under his nurturing wing. This does not play well with the school's patient but questioning principal (Alfre Woodard); the school's biggest athletic booster, who views Radio as a distraction; the man's son, the team's star player, who plays cruel pranks on the trusting Radio; and the Coach's teenage daughter, who feels neglected. Almost all will be won over by Radio's trusting and good nature. Based on a Sports Illustrated story, Radio was adapted for the screen by Mike Rich, screenwriter of The Rookie, and as in that superior family film, the heroics are mostly off the field. As Coach says, with all the subtlety of a blitz, "We're not the ones been teaching Radio; he's the one been teaching us." The ending, in which we see the actual Radio, still cheering his team on 26 years later, will melt the most cynical hearts. --Donald Liebenson

DVD Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers Reel
  • Football: It Ain't Fun And Games Featurette
  • Tuning In: The Making Of Radio Featurette

Cast

Cuba Gooding Jr.Radio
Ed HarrisCoach Jones
Alfre WoodardPrincipal Daniels
S. Epatha MerkersonMaggie
Brent SextonHoneycutt
Chris MulkeyFrank
Sarah DrewMary Helen
Riley SmithJohnny
Patrick BreenTucker
Debra WingerLinda

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Michael Tollin
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 24, 2003
    EuropeMay 14, 2004
    JapanSep 25, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 27, 2004
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