Release Date: October 24, 2003

Honestly son, talking sled dogs?  Why didn't you tell me things had gotten that bad?

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Cuba Gooding, Jr. continues his busy year, playing the title role of James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, a mentally challenged man who is befriended and mentored by the local high school football coach (played by Ed Harris). The film is based on the real life of Kennedy as reported in a Sports Illustrated article by Gary Smith. The screenplay was written by Mike Rich, who wrote last year's The Rookie, which was based on the real life story of baseball pitcher Jimmy Morris, so Rich is already making a career of writing based on a true story sports scripts. Director Michael Tollin is also responsible for Summer Catch, so he pretty clearly has a less successful track record with sports movies.

The story of Radio spans nearly 40 years, so Gooding, Jr. will be forced to portray the character as a teenager through a middle-aged man. This is definitely a more promising project for Gooding, Jr. than some of his recent films such as Snow Dogs and Boat Trip, and his pairing with Harris is reminiscent of his pairing with Robert De Niro in Men of Honor. (Dan Krovich/BOP)

Vital statistics for Radio
Main Cast Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris
Supporting Cast Sarah Drew, Debra Winger, Alfre Woodard
Director Michael Tollin
Screenwriter Mike Rich
Distributor Sony/Revolution Studios
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Rating PG
Running Time 109 minutes
Screen Count 3,074
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Radio
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Snow Dogs 1/18/0223.71 24.65 2302 10299.00 10299.0 81.15 84.37 3.42
Rookie, The 3/29/0216.02 16.65 2511 6381.00 6381.0 75.60 78.60 4.72
Men of Honor 11/10/0013.34 14.92 2092 6377.00 6862.1 48.75 54.53 3.65
Rookie of the Year 7/9/939.12 13.28 1460 6247.00 8751.8 53.13 77.38 5.83
Summer Catch 8/24/017.02 7.49 2335 3006.00 3085.8 19.66 20.98 2.80
Rookie, The 12/7/905.51 7.87 1862 2959.00 4066.9 20.61 29.44 3.74
Sunshine State 7/12/020.26 0.27 75 3443.00 3443.0 3.06 3.18 9.88



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