Radio Days


1h 26m 1987
Radio Days

Brief Synopsis

A young boy's coming of age is mirrored by his favorite radio shows and the lives of their stars.

Film Details

Also Known As
Días de Radio
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
1987
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m

Synopsis

A young boy's coming of age is mirrored by his favorite radio shows and the lives of their stars.

Crew

Zequinha Abreu

Song

Woody Allen

Screenplay

Arthur Altman

Song

Maxwell Anderson

Song

George Bassman

Song

Johnny S Black

Song

Leslie Bloom

Set Decorator

Nat Bonx

Song

Lew Brown

Song

Fern Buchner

Makeup

Nat Burton

Song

Bill Christians

Wardrobe Supervisor

Larry Clinton

Song Performer

Bing Crosby

Song Performer

Xavier Cugat

Song

Xavier Cugat

Song Performer

Stanley J Damerell

Song

Emil Decameron

Song Performer

Al Dexter

Song

Carlo Di Palma

Director Of Photography

Lee Dichter

Sound

Claudette Didul

Production

Howard Dietz

Song

A Dominguez

Song

Tommy Dorsey

Song Performer

Ervin Drake

Song

Milton Drake

Song

Al Dubin

Song

Jimmy Eaton

Song

Patricia Eiben

Wardrobe Supervisor

Edward Eliscu

Song

Duke Ellington

Song Performer

Tolchard Evans

Song

Frank Eyton

Song

Sammy Fain

Song

Judie Fixler

Production

Chet Forrest

Song

Janet Frank

Dialogue Coach

Rudolf Friml

Song

Joe Garland

Song

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

Song Performer

Mack Gordon

Song

Frank Graziadei

Sound

Barbara Green

Production

Johnny Green

Song

Robert Greenhut

Producer

Robert Hargreaves

Song

Joseph R Hartwick

Production Associate

Robert Hein

Sound Editor

Edward Heyman

Song

Richard Himber

Song Performer

Al Hoffman

Song

Speed Hopkins

Art Director

Dick Hyman

Music Supervisor

Dick Hyman

Song

Moe Jaffe

Song

Gordon Jenkins

Song

William Jerome

Song

Carol Joffe

Set Decorator

Charles H. Joffe

Executive Producer

Allan Jones

Song Performer

Gus Kahn

Song

Sammy Kaye

Song Performer

Sammy Kaye

Song

Walter Kent

Song

Jeffrey Kurland

Costume Designer

Jack Lawrence

Song

Margarita Lecuona

Song

Walt Levinsky

Sound

Ellen Lewis

Casting Associate

Jerry Livingston

Song

Glenn Lloyd

Artistic Advisor

Frank Loesser

Song

Guy Lombardo

Song Performer

Santo Loquasto

Production Designer

Joe Malin

Music

Jimmy Mchugh

Song

F W Meacham

Song

Glenn Miller

Song Performer

Dick Mingalone

Camera Operator

Carmen Miranda

Song Performer

Susan E Morse

Editor

Michael Moyse

Sound Editor

Aloysio Oliveira

Song

Sy Oliver

Song

Doug Ornstein

Production

Ken Ornstein

Assistant Director

Sam Parkins

Sound

Richard Patrick

Production

Cole Porter

Song

Don Reid

Song

Thomas Reilly

Production Manager

Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov

Music

Helen Robin

Production Coordinator

Tracy Robin

Production

Matos Rodriguez

Song

Jack Rollins

Executive Producer

Drew Ann Rosenberg

Production

Larry Rudolph

Production

S K Russell

Song

James Sabat

Sound

Angela Salgado

Production

Scott Schaffer

Production

Jay Scherick

Production

Arthur Schwartz

Song

Jean Schwartz

Song

Terry Shand

Song

Artie Shaw

Song Performer

Gail Sicilia

Associate Producer

Frank Sinatra

Song Performer

James Sorice

Scenic Artist

Robert Sour

Song

Al Stillman

Song

Herbert Stothart

Song

Billy Strayhorn

Song

Jule Styne

Song

Ezra Swerdlow

Associate Producer

Ezra Swerdlow

Assistant Director

Juliet Taylor

Casting

Jordan Thaler

Production

Todd Thaler

Casting

The Andrews Sisters

Song Performer

The Merry Macs

Song Performer

The Mills Brothers

Song Performer

Harry Warren

Song

Ned Washington

Song

Kurt Weill

Song

David Weinman

On-Set Dresser

Meredith Wilson

Song

Bob Wright

Song

Roy B Yokelson

Sound

Vincent Youmans

Song

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Film Details

Also Known As
Días de Radio
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
1987
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1987
Santo Loquasto

Best Original Screenplay

1987

Articles

Radio Days


Radio Days (1987) is Woody Allen's paean to the golden age of radio, a kaleidoscopic and autobiographical look at the radio programs that were an essential part of his childhood. Seth Green plays Allen's alter ego, an adolescent growing up surrounded by his extended family in Brooklyn during World War II. The radio is a constant presence in the family's lives, from the boy's obsession with the heroic Masked Avenger, to his spinster aunt's passion for the latest pop tunes, to his mother's fascination with a glamorous Park Avenue husband and wife who describe their milieu of showbiz and nightclubs on their breakfast show. Allen shows the radio backstage world as well. The heroic Masked Avenger is a short, balding actor, the sophisticated perfect couple is less than devoted, and the showbiz world somewhat tawdry. It's a world where a not-too-bright but ambitious cigarette girl (Mia Farrow) can become a star by being at the right place at the right time. But in the imaginations of the Brooklyn family, they are all fabulous, and it's that flight of imagination that radio let soar that Allen celebrates.

Radio Days followed one of Allen's most ambitious films, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and seemed to be done for comic relief after the emotional complexity of the previous film. Allen himself told interviewer Stig Bjorkman, "I think of Radio Days basically as a cartoon. If you look at my mother, my Uncle Abe, my schoolteacher, my grandparents, they were supposed to be cartoon exaggerations of what my real-life people were like." Allen himself narrates the film, in the first person.

Allen's use of music in his films has always been masterful, and Radio Days is one of the finest examples of his mastery. In fact, he told Bjorkman, music was the original starting point for the film. "It originated from an idea that I wanted to pick out a group of songs that were meaningful to me, and each one of those songs suggested a memory. Then this idea started to evolve: how important radio was to me when I was growing up, and how important and glamorous it seemed to everyone." There are 43 songs used in the film, and some standout musical moments. In one scene, a teenage girl lip-synchs to a Carmen Miranda song, her head wrapped in a towel turban, watching herself in the mirror. Her father and uncle, charmed by her charade, join in. Near the end of the film, it's New Year's Eve 1943. Diane Keaton, in a cameo as a band vocalist, sings (in her own voice) the Cole Porter standard that expresses the longing of a war-weary nation: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To. Allen says, "I wanted to make sure, since Diane was making one little appearance in the picture, that the song was potent." It was.

Radio Days marks the only time that Allen's two longtime companions and muses - former flame Diane Keaton and his then-current partner Mia Farrow - appeared in the same film. Keaton has remained friends with Allen over the years; Farrow has not. After a bitter, litigious, and highly publicized breakup, Farrow remains estranged from Allen and her daughter, Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn.

Reviews for Radio Days were mostly raves, although there were a few dissenters, such as the always-acerbic John Simon of the National Review, who called it "really a congeries of blackout sketches barely bothering to make like a connected narrative, scoring now and then and falling flat the rest of the time." But Variety called it "One of Allen's most purely entertaining pictures. It's a visual monolog of bits and pieces from the glory days of radio and people who tuned in.... Radio Days is not simply about nostalgia, but the quality of memory and how what one remembers informs one's present life." Roger Ebert compared it to Fellini's Amarcord (1973). "What they evoke isn't the long-ago time itself, but the memory of it." Vincent Canby wrote in the New York Times, "Radio Days is so densely packed with vivid detail of place, time, music, event and character that it's impossible to take them all in at one sitting." Allen's warm, funny screenplay and Santo Loquasto's nostalgic and detailed art direction both received Oscar® nominations.

After Radio Days, Allen returned to more somber, complex stories, starting with September (1987). It was a cycle that would last through several films, before he took another purely comic break with Manhattan Murder Mystery in 1993.

Director: Woody Allen
Producer: Robert Greenhut
Screenplay: Woody Allen
Cinematography: Carlo Di Palma
Editor: Susan E. Morse
Costume Design: Jeffrey Kurland
Production Designer: Santo Loquasto
Music Director: Dick Hyman
Cast: Seth Green (Little Joe), Julie Kavner (Mother), Michael Tucker (Father), Dianne Wiest (Aunt Bea), Josh Mostel (Uncle Abe), Renee Lippin (Aunt Ceil), Joy Newman (Ruthie), Mia Farrow (Sally White), Wallace Shawn (Masked Avenger), Danny Aiello (Rocco).
C-89m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.

by Margarita Landazuri
Radio Days

Radio Days

Radio Days (1987) is Woody Allen's paean to the golden age of radio, a kaleidoscopic and autobiographical look at the radio programs that were an essential part of his childhood. Seth Green plays Allen's alter ego, an adolescent growing up surrounded by his extended family in Brooklyn during World War II. The radio is a constant presence in the family's lives, from the boy's obsession with the heroic Masked Avenger, to his spinster aunt's passion for the latest pop tunes, to his mother's fascination with a glamorous Park Avenue husband and wife who describe their milieu of showbiz and nightclubs on their breakfast show. Allen shows the radio backstage world as well. The heroic Masked Avenger is a short, balding actor, the sophisticated perfect couple is less than devoted, and the showbiz world somewhat tawdry. It's a world where a not-too-bright but ambitious cigarette girl (Mia Farrow) can become a star by being at the right place at the right time. But in the imaginations of the Brooklyn family, they are all fabulous, and it's that flight of imagination that radio let soar that Allen celebrates. Radio Days followed one of Allen's most ambitious films, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and seemed to be done for comic relief after the emotional complexity of the previous film. Allen himself told interviewer Stig Bjorkman, "I think of Radio Days basically as a cartoon. If you look at my mother, my Uncle Abe, my schoolteacher, my grandparents, they were supposed to be cartoon exaggerations of what my real-life people were like." Allen himself narrates the film, in the first person. Allen's use of music in his films has always been masterful, and Radio Days is one of the finest examples of his mastery. In fact, he told Bjorkman, music was the original starting point for the film. "It originated from an idea that I wanted to pick out a group of songs that were meaningful to me, and each one of those songs suggested a memory. Then this idea started to evolve: how important radio was to me when I was growing up, and how important and glamorous it seemed to everyone." There are 43 songs used in the film, and some standout musical moments. In one scene, a teenage girl lip-synchs to a Carmen Miranda song, her head wrapped in a towel turban, watching herself in the mirror. Her father and uncle, charmed by her charade, join in. Near the end of the film, it's New Year's Eve 1943. Diane Keaton, in a cameo as a band vocalist, sings (in her own voice) the Cole Porter standard that expresses the longing of a war-weary nation: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To. Allen says, "I wanted to make sure, since Diane was making one little appearance in the picture, that the song was potent." It was. Radio Days marks the only time that Allen's two longtime companions and muses - former flame Diane Keaton and his then-current partner Mia Farrow - appeared in the same film. Keaton has remained friends with Allen over the years; Farrow has not. After a bitter, litigious, and highly publicized breakup, Farrow remains estranged from Allen and her daughter, Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn. Reviews for Radio Days were mostly raves, although there were a few dissenters, such as the always-acerbic John Simon of the National Review, who called it "really a congeries of blackout sketches barely bothering to make like a connected narrative, scoring now and then and falling flat the rest of the time." But Variety called it "One of Allen's most purely entertaining pictures. It's a visual monolog of bits and pieces from the glory days of radio and people who tuned in.... Radio Days is not simply about nostalgia, but the quality of memory and how what one remembers informs one's present life." Roger Ebert compared it to Fellini's Amarcord (1973). "What they evoke isn't the long-ago time itself, but the memory of it." Vincent Canby wrote in the New York Times, "Radio Days is so densely packed with vivid detail of place, time, music, event and character that it's impossible to take them all in at one sitting." Allen's warm, funny screenplay and Santo Loquasto's nostalgic and detailed art direction both received Oscar® nominations. After Radio Days, Allen returned to more somber, complex stories, starting with September (1987). It was a cycle that would last through several films, before he took another purely comic break with Manhattan Murder Mystery in 1993. Director: Woody Allen Producer: Robert Greenhut Screenplay: Woody Allen Cinematography: Carlo Di Palma Editor: Susan E. Morse Costume Design: Jeffrey Kurland Production Designer: Santo Loquasto Music Director: Dick Hyman Cast: Seth Green (Little Joe), Julie Kavner (Mother), Michael Tucker (Father), Dianne Wiest (Aunt Bea), Josh Mostel (Uncle Abe), Renee Lippin (Aunt Ceil), Joy Newman (Ruthie), Mia Farrow (Sally White), Wallace Shawn (Masked Avenger), Danny Aiello (Rocco). C-89m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. by Margarita Landazuri

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 30, 1987

Released in United States January 23, 1987

Shown at United States Film Festival Park City, Utah January 23, 1987.

Began shooting October 27, 1986.

Released in United States Winter January 30, 1987

Released in United States January 23, 1987 (Shown at United States Film Festival Park City, Utah January 23, 1987.)