Radio Days

"Excellent"

Radio Days Review


In this lighter-than-air outing from Woody Allen, he recalls his fondness for the radio as a child, an appliance that was "always on" in his home as a kid. Most of my generation could write a Television Days, of course, but the magic of radio would vanish into infomercials, talk shows, and awful sitcoms... it just wouldn't carry the same punch.

The film is a series of vignettes, clearly drawn from Allen's days as a youngster, and only tangentially interrelated. It's almost overly upbeat -- to the point where you wish Woody would get a little more miserable from time to time.

It's the ensemble that makes the film -- while Mia Farrow and Julie Kavner take center stage, cameos range from Tito Puente to Don Pardo, with a very young Seth Green playing the Woody Allen character as a kid. The stories they inhabit are amusing (kid steals from an Israeli charity fund to buy a secret decoder ring, cigarette girl balances multiple affairs) but hardly serious, which makes the film a nice respite from some of Allen's more daunting think pieces.

Recommended.



Radio Days

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Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Friday 30th January 1987

Budget: $16M

Distributed by: MGM

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 23 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

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Starring: as Joe, the Narrator, as Sally White, as Biff Baxter, as Communist Neighbor, as Crooner, as Joe, as Father, as Mother, as Rocco, as "Silver Dollar" Emcee, as Masked Avenger, as Latin Bandleader, as Aunt Bea, Renée Lippin as Aunt Ceil, as Uncle Abe, as Radio singer, Roberta Bennett as Teacher in snowman scene, Sydney A. Blake as Miss Gordon, Gina DeAngelis as Rocco's mother, as Child singer, Judith Malina as Mrs. Waldbaum, Joy Newman as Cousin Ruthie, as New Year's Eve Singer

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