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Radio Flyer (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
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A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.

Directors:

Richard Donner, David Mickey Evans (uncredited)

Writer:

David Mickey Evans (as David M. Evans)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorraine Bracco ... Mary
John Heard ... Daugherty
Adam Baldwin ... The King
Elijah Wood ... Mike
Joseph Mazzello ... Bobby
Ben Johnson ... Geronimo Bill
Sean Baca Sean Baca ... Fisher
Robert Munic ... Older Fisher
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Chad (as Garette Ratliff)
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Ferdie
Noah Verduzco Noah Verduzco ... Victor Hernandez
Isaac Ocampo Isaac Ocampo ... Jorge Hernandez
Kaylan Romero ... Jesus Hernandez
Abraham Verduzco Abraham Verduzco ... Carlos Hernandez
T.J. Evans T.J. Evans ... Big Raymond
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Storyline

A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, Mike decides to convert their toy trolley, the "Radio Flyer", into a plane to fly him to safety. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Somewhere inside every person...someplace inside every heart...is a power that turns fear into courage...and makes dreams take flight. ...Powered by imagination. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for theme (child abuse) and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King of Pacoima See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,932,595, 23 February 1992

Gross USA:

$4,651,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,651,977
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The train station in Novato, California, where the boys walk the tracks was not shown in any detail because it was damaged by fire in the early 1980s. The restoration did not begin until 1995. See more »

Goofs

When they take the Radio Flyer airplane to Fisher's gas station, Fisher fails to turn the crank on the right to reset the gallons/dollars digits. See more »

Quotes

Older Mike: [When the bullies showed up] We knew we were dead instantly,the way you always know you're in for it when bigger kids show up. It's a sixth sense you never lose.
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26 March 2005 | by zootsuit98See all my reviews

In reply to "State of Confusion" The dogs injuries do seem to disappear rather abruptly, but that may have only been an error in continuity. But, as for the kids trying to build a plane out of junk, it's just a simple matter of imagination. These are two very young kids who have extremely active imaginations and they must rely on those imaginations to keep themselves from being exposed to the reality of the level of abuse that goes on in their home from their stepfather. As for the stepfather, it's very interesting that the director chose to no show his face. That makes him seem more monstrous. If you show his face, then that character becomes a person and not just this "monster" who is terrorizing the childhood of these two innocent children. By showing only the concequences of his abuse and not focusing scenes on the abuse itself, the children then become the main focus of the movie. This film has no loose ends, but runs just as a father's tale to his children would. It has embelleshments. This is a fine American classic.


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