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YMMV / Radio Days

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  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The climax of the film centers on a rescue attempt to save a little girl who fell down a well in Philadelphia and the resulting media frenzy. The film was released in January 1987; in October of that year, 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell down a well in Texas and it caused a similar media sensation. In the film, the little girl dies before rescuers can reach her. The fact that Baby Jessica was successfully rescued keeps the scene from being harsher than it already is.
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    • Ironically, the scene was based on a another real-life well accident that occurred in 1949 to a three-year-old named Kathy Fiscus. Like in the film, she unfortunately died before she could be rescued. (The Fiscus incident also inspired Billy Wilder's 1951 film Ace in the Hole.)
    • The scene where Joe's parents argue about his father's various failed sales jobs includes the line "We've got six thousand 'get well' cards in the closet! There aren't that many sick people in America!". Pretty cringe-inducing in light of the country's apocalyptic healthcare problems in subsequent years.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Larry David is the Commie Jew neighbor. He's only seen in a long-shot, but his voice is unmistakable.
    • Mercedes Ruehl has a bit part as an ad exec.
    • Danny Aiello has a brief role as a mob hitman.

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