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Radio Days (1987)

PG | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Starr ... Burglar
Paul Herman ... Burglar
Don Pardo ... 'Guess That Tune' Host
Martin Rosenblatt Martin Rosenblatt ... Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ... Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland Danielle Ferland ... Child Star
Julie Kavner ... Tess, the mother
Julie Kurnitz Julie Kurnitz ... Irene
David Warrilow David Warrilow ... Roger
Wallace Shawn ... Masked Avenger
Mick Murray Mick Murray ... Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan William Flanagan ... Avenger Announcer
Seth Green ... Joe
Michael Tucker ... Martin, the father
Josh Mostel ... Abe
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Storyline

Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

30 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Días de radio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,522,423, 1 February 1987

Gross USA:

$14,792,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,792,779
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture is a rare instance where Woody Allen is the narrator of a film in which Allen himself does not appear. See more »

Goofs

The song sung by Frank Sinatra on screen in the scene at Radio City Music Hall, "If You Are But a Dream," [written by Moe Jaffe (my father), Nat Bonx, and Jack Fulton], was published in 1942, after the supposed date of the event portrayed. Additionally, the particular recording used in the film dates from 1944. See more »

Quotes

Bea: Fred, you must know I have a little crush on you.
Fred: Please, Bea.
Bea: What is it? What's wrong?
Fred: Nothing. It's just I...
[Fred bursts into tears]
Bea: What's wrong? Is it still your fiancée? It's been such a long period of grief. It's not fair to you.
Fred: [crying] I know. I know. It's just that every time I hear that song on the radio my memory goes back to Leonard. That was our song.
Bea: Leonard?
Fred: My beloved.
Bea: You never said your fiancé's name was Leonard.
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Re-Lax Jingle
(1987)
Written by Dick Hyman
Performed by Mia Farrow (uncredited) for a radio ad
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An idealistic look at the past.
2 October 2001 | by darth-chicoSee all my reviews

It is not common for Woody to have made such a bright film, especially about childhood. Compare this to the home scenes in Annie Hall. Woody insists that his films are not based on his life, though he admitted in part that these are. I was born in the 80's. This time period is completely foreign to me. It is also very fascinating. I love jazz, I love the movies from this era, all my knowledge of it comes from movies. That is why I would call this my favorite Woody Allen movie, well, my favorite movie of all time really.

For the entire 84 minutes of it's running time I am transported out of my life and set in this wonderfully ideal world of Rockaway. This movie also contains two of what I would call Woody's best shots. One the scene of the street and the ocean as Woody gives his "Forgive me if I tend to romanticize the past...." dialogue. The other is a pan across a dinner table to some beautiful music, I forget what song. This shot is so perfect, and I instantly care about these characters from those few seconds more than I can care about most characters from spending the whole movie with them. 10/10


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