Tom Hanks Archives
Radio Flyer

Character: Older Mike (uncredited)
Directed by: Richard Donner
Written by: David Mickey Evans
Produced by: Lauren Donner, Lauren Shuler-Donner
Other cast: Lorraine Bracco, John Heard, Adam Baldwin, Elijah Wood, Joseph Mazzello
Release date: February 21, 1992
Genre: Drama
Running time: 1h 54min

When their parents divorce, brothers Mike and Bobby move to a California suburb with their mother, Mary. Soon after, she remarries a man who insists on being called "the King" and who beats young Bobby when Mary isn't around. The boys try to escape their harsh home life through fantasy, most of it centered on their Radio Flyer wagon. Inspired by the legend of another neighborhood boy, they hope to make it fly.


→ Somewhere inside every person…someplace inside every heart…is a power that turns fear into courage…and makes dreams take flight. …Powered by imagination.
→ Powered by imagination.


♦ The film’s original ending featured a present-day coda where a now-adult Mike, played by Tom Hanks, takes his children to the National Air and Space Museum, where the Radio Flyer/Plane hybrid is displayed next to the Wright Brothers’ flying machine. Test audiences were confused by this ending and re-shoots led to the modern day prologue and epilogue seen in the final film.