RADIO DAYS, the 15th film written and directed by Woody Allen, is a loving valentine to the days when radio reigned supreme in the reality of most Americans.
Set in Rockaway at the outset of World War II, RADIO DAYS invites the audience to partake in the hilarious yet moving adventures of a family, whose members triumph over a mundane existence by cultivating an intense fantasy life. Like Woody Allen's previous film, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, this is also a family saga. The joys and tribulations experienced by all parents and children, uncles and aunts, neighbors and friends -- are universally recognizable: an unmarried aunt craves the company of a prince charming who remains ever-elusive; a wife lingers lovingly on the memory of a previous court- ship; a boy accepts the Masked Avenger, the famous radio character, as part and parcel of his daily life; a man believes his get rich schemes will bring him the success he...
RADIO DAYS also offers a glance at the active Manhattan night life, where the rich and beautiful rub elbows with other dreamers. Among the cigarette smoke, champagne and big band music, a charming but none-too- bright cigarette girl will become a radio personality, actually fulfilling her ambition.
An ensemble piece, RADIO DAYS marks the third time Mr. Allen has worked with Dianne Wiest (HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO); the second time he has worked with Julie Kavner (HANNAH AND HER SISTERS) and Michael Tucker (THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO); and the sixth time he has worked with Mia Farrow (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY, ZELIG, BROADWAY DANNY ROSE, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, and HANNAH AND HER SISTERS).
Other actors making guest appearances in RADIO DAYS have also previously collaborated with Mr. Allen: Danny Aiello and Jeff Daniels (THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO) Tony Roberts (ANNIE HALL, STARDUST MEMORIES, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS) and Diane Keaton (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, SLEEPER, LOVE AND DEATH, ANNIE HALL, INTERIORS, and MANHATTAN). Actual radio personalities of the era the film depicts who make cameo appearances in RADIO DAYS include Kenneth Roberts (Tony's father), Guy Le Bow, Don Pardo and Dwight Wiest.
RADIO DAYS, shot at the Kaufman-Astoria Studios in New York, paints an expansive, vivid canvas of the Big Apple at a time when innocence was still possible. It is a light-hearted, life-affirming evocation of an era, which could be considered a musical since it features the music of the legendary Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller, among others.
RADIO DAYS is a Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe Production of an Orion Pictures release. The film was written and directed by Woody Allen and produced by Robert Greenhut. RADIO DAYS stars Mia Farrow, Julie Kavner, Michael Tucker, Dianne Wiest, Josh Mastel and Seth Green. Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe serve as executive producers.
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