Radio Days

1987

Action / Comedy

50
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 27818

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Diane Keaton as New Year's Singer
Woody Allen as The Narrator
Seth Green as Joe
Jeff Daniels as Biff Baxter
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 5 / 10

Cute parts but not the best

Although he wrote and directed this movie, Woody Allen doesn't appear on screen in Radio Days. He only narrates this one, recalling his life growing up in the olden days when people listened to entertaining shows on the radio. A thirteen-year-old Seth Green plays young Woody, and Julie Kavner and Michael Tucker play his bickering parents.

There are several side plots involving his extended family and neighbors, and while Woody tries to connect everything to the glory days of radio, sometimes it feels like he's reaching too far. Mia Farrow plays a low-class cigarette girl who witnesses a random murder in a nightclub. The murderer's henchman, Danny Aiello, is ordered to kill the witness, but instead he falls in love with her. That part of the story is my favorite, but it isn't so adorable to make this one of my favorite Woody Allen movies. The rest of the stories and characters feel like they're only in place for cynical one-liners or little gags.

As in most Woody Allen movies, there's a large cast, so be on the lookout for Dianne Wiest, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy, Wallace Shawn, Larry David, Kenneth Mars, Mercedes Ruehl, Tony Roberts, and Diane Keaton. This one wasn't my favorite, but if you're partial to the radio or like lengthy reminisces, you can give it a try and see if you like it.

Reviewed by davidleequinn1950 10 / 10

Great Movie

This is one of the greatest movies I have ever experienced. Every thing about this movie works, the players, the music, the scenery. New York has never appeared lovelier, just beautiful shots of Times Square supposedly in the 1940's. There isn't much of a plot, just loosely joined vignettes, but that is enough. When the end of the movie comes, it makes you wish it would go on and on. Do yourself a favor and catch this movie if it ever comes on TV.

Reviewed by oOoBarracuda 10 / 10

Radio Days

I think I've decided that my favorite place to be is inside the nostalgia-ridden dreams of Woody Allen. Radio Days, the 1987 feature by writer/director Woody Allen was a beautiful trip to the golden days of radio. Before television ruled our lives and long before the internet was king, men, women, and children all had a favorite radio program--listened to nightly just as the sky faded into the orange glow of dusk. Radio Days was a treat to experience, reminding me of Midnight in Paris, which obviously came after Radio Days but the film of the two that I saw first. I love Midnight in Paris, each time I watch it I'm even more surprised that it's not regarded at one of Woody Allen's masterworks. Certainly, any film that reminds me of another favorite will rank high on my list. Radio Days was one of the blind buys of Woody Allen films that I bought during this retrospective process I've been working on, and one of the films I'm most glad I get to keep.

Joe (Seth Green) fondly reminisces on his childhood growing up during the Golden Age of Radio in the late 1930's-early 1940's. Joe's life was filled with many interesting characters. His father would never divulge his occupation, his mother had a slew of extended family members who lived with Joe's family in their New York apartment. Joe's extended family each held their own idiosyncrasies and rituals many of which defined Joe's childhood. Despite how different each member of the family was from the other, the one unifying aspect was their love for the radio. The radio was their ticket to experiencing the lives of the rich and famous, lives that they would never experience themselves. For Joe, the radio was his gateway to mystery and adventure as he filled his days with schemes in hopes of finding a way of obtaining a Masked Avenger secret decoder ring. Joe even reminisces on the lives of those radio personalities he so fondly remembers filling his home on a nightly basis. One aspect that never strayed away from Joe's attention was the music. Each song Joe heard tied back to a memory from his childhood creating a perfect soundtrack to his life.

Radio Days is clearly a personal film for Woody Allen. He remarks that each song making it in the film was one he felt a personal connection to and was truly tied to a memory from his own childhood. When a director puts that much of his own life out for public consumption I am immediately grateful and appreciative. I have somewhat of a year's- long love affair going with Francois Truffaut and that's largely due to the fact that each of his films is so deeply personal. I'm just a sucker for an artist truly putting themselves out there, so Radio Days was going to be right up my alley even before I realized that it was a masterpiece in its own right.

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