Two young brothers' lives are turned upside down when their new alcoholic stepfather enters their world and begins to beat young Bobby. Devoted to their mom, they come up with their own solution and attempt to build a working airplane from their ordinary red wagon. In the process, they transform their own lives into an extraordinary adventure.
The story tells of two imaginative young boys who take refuge from an abusive stepfather and a neglectful mother by creating an elaborate fantasy world.
The Radio Flyer conceptualist was Michael Scheffe. Tom Hanks, who does the narration, was uncredited.
"...Evans's thoughtful script and the unclichéd performances of Wood and Mazzello exert a powerful grip. The film stays with you..." - 03/19/1992 Rolling Stone, p.104
"...Funny, warm moments..." - 02/21/1992 USA Today, p.5D
"...An original....Elijah Wood, in particular, holds the screen -- he has a beautifully inquisitive face, with eyes like liquid marbles..." - 02/28/1992 Entertainment Weekly, p.32-3