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"Powered by imagination."

Radio Flyer was directed by Richard Donner. It stars Stars Lorraine Bracco as Mary; Adam Baldwin as the King; Elijah Wood as Mike; and Joseph Mazello as Bobby. The movie begins with Tom Hanks playing an adult Mike. Watching his sons argue he decides it is time to tell them about a period of time in his childhood when he was living in the suburbs with his brother. He wants to teach them the importance of keeping promises.

It is a movie about two little boys, 8 and 10 yr. old Bobby and Mike. It is set in the hills of Northern California where they live with their mother and stepfather. The stepfather is a sadistic beer drinking scumbag that beats Bobby across his back with a cord every time he gets drunk, and the mother is not home. This abuse started around the same time his mother married the King and continued on a regular basis. You never see his face, just his arm reaching for Bobby or a six pack, and you hear his voice yelling. Bobby makes Mike promise not to ever tell their mother because she is happy with this jerk. Mike promises and goes along with Bobby's plan to escape by turning his Radio Flyer wagon into an airplane and flying off a cliff.

They got the idea from a legend about a kid named Fisher that flew off the same cliff on his bike. They really believed this happened, and Bobby thought it was the only way he could escape the King. Throughout the movie the little boys are exploring, having a great time finding the things they need to make the wagon into an airplane, and trying to stay away from the King. The movie goes from reality to fantasy and it is up to the audience to distinguish the difference.

| 1992 | 1 hr 54 min | 6.9/10
Richard Donner
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