Synopsis: Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community.
Director(s): Michael Tollin
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Here in the upstate, things don't

change much.

Fall means football season.

Being married to a coach

means measuring things...

... mainly by wins and losses.

Except for that one year.

Jimmy Carter declared

that if elected...

... he would do everything possible

to clean up the government.

In South Carolina weather, late night

and early morning low clouds...

- Come on, let's go.

- No, Mom.

What's wrong with you, boy?!

Get out of my way!


Laird, son, how many years

you been playing for me?

- Two years, coach.

- You want to make that three?

- I suggest you start paying attention.

- Yes, sir.

We do things as a team, gentlemen.

One player doesn't execute, it's the

difference between 6 yards or 6 points.

Honeycutt, what say we do

some up-downs as a team... we can further appreciate

that concept.

You heard the man!

Get them feet chopping now!

Get it up nice! Get those knees up!

Get them legs going!

Get it up!

Get it up, right now!

Come on, get them up! Get them up!

Get them up!

Let's go! Come on, now!

Hey, you.

Now, might any of those X's and O's

be for me tonight?

- How's it coming?

- Almost done.

Mary Helen home yet?

Mary Helen's been in bed

for an hour, Harold.

Y'all do have a week before you

actually have to play this game, right?

- Right.

- I'll be right up.

Ah, the first "I'll be right up"

of the season.

Ready! Set!


Let's go, now.

Team, full speed! Live to the ball!


Blue, 24!


Hey, Einstein. Why don't you try

picking the ball up.

Yeah, you, dummy. What, you deaf?

Yeah, pick it up. There you go.

Throw it over here.

Come on, throw it!

What are you doing? Hey, coach!

He took our ball.


Run it again!

- See you tomorrow.

- Okay. See you later, Mary Helen.


You're getting home late.

Oh, hey, Daddy.

I tried calling a couple times,

but the line was busy.

Your mama's asleep.

I'll talk to her in the morning, okay?

All right.

- Night.

- Good night.

Heard Mary Helen made

varsity cheerleader.

- She's really excited.

- I'll bet. I'll bet Linda is too.

Yeah, I guess so.

Do it again!

- One more time!

- You got them running something?

Hit it!

Come on, dope.

- Hey, boy!

- Watch this. Watch this.

- Bring them in.

- Gather up! On the double!

Well, is someone gonna

tell me what's going on here?

How about it, Johnny?

Nobody move.

On, no, no, no, no.

Oh, gee.

I just want to help you.

I'm just gonna cut the tape off you.

You've gotta hold still.

Just try to hold still, now.

You gotta hold still. Look at me.

Hold still. I'm not gonna hurt you.

Hold still. I don't want to cut you.

My God. It's all right.

Calm down a little bit. It's okay.

I got it. Gonna get you

out of this mess.

Okay, you're free.

Anybody got anything to say?

Tell your folks practice's gonna

run late tomorrow.

Mary Helen tells me the cheerleading

squad's got itself...

...what, half-a-dozen new faces

this semester, isn't that right?

I also hear the athletic director...

...has to take the top spot

on the pyramid at pep rallies.

Isn't that right?

Harold, why not stop by and see what

kind of no-good your daughter's up to?

Yeah, sure.

You got a couple phone calls, Daddy.

From who?

Bobby Taggert's folks. Frank Clay.

I wrote them down for you.

- What'd you tell them?

- That you'd call back.

Have you decided what you're

gonna do about these boys?

Not yet.

I'm sure most of them have never

done anything like this before.

You didn't see the look

on this young man's face, Linda.

He was terrified.

Coach Jones?

Go on. Good idea.

Might I have a minute of your time?

Y'all, excuse me.

Anybody ever said no to you on that,

Principal Daniels?

Nobody still working here.

He scores!

- What can I do for you?

- I hear we had an incident yesterday.

Yes, ma'am, we did.

You taking care of it?

Let's just say today's practice won't be

the shortest one we've ever had.

Good. Good.

You know, Harold...

...that boy has been rolling by here

for a long time now...

...minding his own business.

Never caused any problem

for anybody.

I need you all to keep it that way.

I appreciate it.

No, I don't want the football.

I just want to tell you I'm sorry

about what happened.

I thought you needed to hear that

from someone.

I don't want the football.

You keep it.

Why don't you bring it by practice


I'll find you something to do.

Maybe you can help us out.

Nothing more is gonna happen, son.

I promise you.

See you later. All right?

All right, the nine of you.

You know who you are.

Get on down there.

Take your shoulder pads off.

Line up on the chalk.

Let's go. Hustle up!


...what do you want to do?

Run them.

How long?

Till I say stop.

On the line now!

Where you're going to be.


All the way to the line, coach.

Don't quit on me now!

Don't you quit on me!

All the way through that line!

All the way through!

- Hi.

- Hey.

- Long day?

- Yeah.

How was yours?


So the report is that Mary Helen

got off to a great start in lit class...

...but she's struggling with math.

- Well, the lit part sounds good.

Come on, Harold.

It's bad enough when a parent

misses a conference.

It's worse when the parent's

a teacher.

The parent's a teacher,

he knows how his kid's doing.


Please just tell me

that you forgot to go.

You know I had to deal

with those boys.

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Mike Rich

Michael A. "Mike" Rich (born 1959) is an American screenwriter best known for his writing on sports-related films. more…

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