Radio Flyer (film)

1992 American film

Radio Flyer is a 1992 film about a father who recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.

Directed by Richard Donner. Written by David M. Evans.
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Older Mike

  • From that moment on, I realized Bobby was my responsibility.
  • There are seven lost secret fascinations and abilities. They are that: animals can talk; your favorite blanket is woven from a fabric so mighty, that once pulled over your head, it becomes an impenetrable force field, nothing is too heavy to lift with the aid of a cape; your hand, held forefinger out and thumb up, actually fires bullets; jumping from any height with an umbrella is completely safe; monsters exist and can be both seen an done battle with; and the greatest, most special and regrettable loss of all: the ability to fly.
  • [When the bullies showed up] We knew we were dead instantly, the way you always know you're in for it when bigger kids show up. It's a sixth sense you never lose.
  • [on getting the idea to sell golf balls] It was money, I didn't know how it would help but I knew we were better off if we had some than if we didn't.
  • We called him 'The king', because... that's what he liked to be called.
  • History is all in the mind of the teller. Truth is all in the telling.


  • [about The King] Bobby: He's coming back, Mike. It's not mom's fault, but he's coming back.


Boy #1: Dad, he promised to let me play with it, now he says he didn't and he won't.
Older Mike: Did you promise?
[other son nods]
Older Mike: Well, you can't just say, "I promise," then forget about it. "I promise" are the most important words you'll ever say... well almost the most important words you'll ever say.

[the King, completely drunk and furious, catches Mike and Bobby watching TV late at night]
The King: Hey! What are ya doin' up? Go to bed! Go to bed! [to Bobby] Not you!
Mike: Yeah, but...
The King: [cuts Mike off] Bobby, come here! Mikey, you go to bed. Bobby, you come here!
Mike: But I wanna stay...
The King: [cuts him off again] GO TO BED! Come here, Bobby. Come HERE! Come here.
[the King grabs and pulls Bobby towards him; Shane, the family dog, growls whilst Mikey cries]
The King: What did I tell ya? What did I tell ya? Why don't you listen to me? Why don't you ever listen to what I TELL YOU TO DO? GET TO BED, YOU LITTLE SON-OF-A-BITCH!
[a few minutes later, Bobby, in tears, walks into the room]
Bobby: [to Mike] We can't stay up so late anymore.


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