Rent Radio Days (1987)

3.8 of 5 from 105 ratings
1h 25min
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Synopsis:
Gripped by wild radio stories about bloody wars and beautiful celebrities, 10-year-old Joe Needleman (Seth Green) longs for adventure and dreams of the day he'll see enemy spies, German subs - or even his sexy grade-school teacher wearing a smile (and little else). But while Joe's life is filled with fantasies about radio voices, the real people behind the voices have fantasies of their own. And as stars rise, careers fall and a nation hurtles toward the future, only one thing is absolutely certain: The days of radio may finally fade...but the magic of Joe's memories will always endure.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Greenhut
Voiced By:
Gregg Almquist, Jackson Beck, Wendell Craig, Ken Roberts, Norman Rose, Kenneth Welsh
Narrated By:
Woody Allen
Writers:
Woody Allen
Others:
Jr., Jeffrey Kurland, Santo Loquasto, Susan E Morse, Bob Hein, James Sabat, Lee Dichter, Carol Joffe, Les Bloom, George DeTitta, George DeTitta Jr.
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama
Awards:

1988 BAFTA Best Production Design

1988 BAFTA Best Costumes

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2002
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/02/2017
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of Radio Days

Episodic whimsy. - Radio Days review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
16/02/2021

Radio Days has received considerable critical and popular acclaim and Woody's script was yet again nominated for an Oscar. It is a nostalgic reflection on New York, and Brooklyn in particular, in the late thirties and extending into the early forties as the US joined WWII. Hard to imagine this wasn't Woody's personal response to Fellini's Amarcord.

It focuses on an extended family which Allen has described as a cartoonish version of his own, including a creditable performance by Seth Green as the latest red haired child actor to play the director as a boy. It reflects on their relationship with the golden age of radio, its stars and the popular music of the period.

 I don't feel its magic as strongly as many. It provokes a smile rather than a laugh, and the reminiscences are familiar (though exaggerated) because they are based on well known radio events, like the panic caused by Welles' famous broadcast of the War of the Worlds, or the coverage of the midwestern child trapped down a well.

 But there is still plenty to enjoy. The recreation of thirties Brooklyn is convincing, the music is wonderful and it's great to see Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts back in cameos. The dynamic of the family, and the love within it, is palpable. There is a persistent ache of the the passing of the years, and of the living memories of an era about to be consumed by the tide of time, and this gives the film ultimately a pleasing undertow of melancholy.

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