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Rad – The Movie

To be frank, Rad is one of the worst movies to ever become a cult classic. The 1986 film exemplifies the cheesy love stories of the era, complete with lackluster acting, a predictable storyline and an absolutely awful soundtrack.

Although Rad was Hollywood’s attempt to cash in on the BMX craze, the biggest star they managed to cast was Talia Shire (she played Adrian in the Rocky movies). The movie also starred Bill Allen, who has yet to live down his leading-man role as Cru, and Lori Loughlin who later found fame and fortune playing Rebecca on the TV show Full House.

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A reader from Decatur, GA wrote:

I’ve got to take issue with your magazine’s assessment of RAD as ‘one of the worst movies ever.’ Well, actually it IS one of the worst movies ever, but it’s a friggin Das Hintersitz compared to the true king of shit bike movies, BMX Bandits.

BMX Bandits is a pathetic yarn about bank robbers being foiled by plucky kids on BMX bikes. The lame-ass plot isn’t imiproved by the preachy sensibility of an after-school special. The fact that the actors all speak with thick Australian accents only adds to the chaos. Oh, and it runs two and a half hours, which is a long time for me to sit even for a good movie.

Good points? Well, there’s Nicole Kidman, in her first movie role, with poodle-perm hair and a prepubescent figure. Wait, those aren’t good points. I guess it doesn’t have any.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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  1. scottSeptember 10, 2009 at 5:44 am

    “I think your talkies have gone walkie.” BMX Bandits at least pulled in actors/actresses with longevity and gave us cute australian accents to listen to throughout. I only watched RAD for ass-sliding and the final course.

  2. Kris ThompsonSeptember 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Wrong… Rad was a awesome movie and the soundtrack rocked! If closing credits was bad ass with RL Osborn doing cool ramp and ground tricks… this was my first ever Bike Porn!

  3. ToddSeptember 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Seriously, how can you claim to be a cyclist and not have a soft spot in your heart for Rad?

    Ask anyone who grew up in the 80′s why they got into riding bikes and chances are they are going to say it was because of Rad. I rented that movie so many times as a kid the clerk at the video store started telling me if it was available to moment I walked in the door. It might be silly and Lori Laughlin’s stunt double was obviously a dude but you shouldn’t bag on it because it got a lot of people still riding bikes to this day.

    If you would have researched the film enough to have at least read the credits, you would have been able to deduce that Talia Shire wasn’t exactly cast in the film since she produced it under her “Talia Films” banner. Also, its director Hal Needham helmed another classic called “Smokey and the Bandit.” But you probably think that’s a horrible movie too.

    I’m sorry to bag on you but this story was so poorly crafted it reads like an article about the fixie craze as written by the style section editor of a local paper.

  4. JonnySeptember 11, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Anyone in the 80′s got into riding bikes because of Breaking Away. Not because of these two POS movies!

  5. TerrySeptember 11, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Never heard of it.

  6. Yokota FritzSeptember 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Dudes, any discussion of campy BMX films is incomplete without mention of The Lady Is the Boss with its outstanding BMX kung fu fighting scenes.

  7. Urban JeffSeptember 12, 2009 at 6:24 amAuthor

    You’re right, Fritz, that is one amazing fight scene!

  8. FattySeptember 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I spent many summer days as a kid renting and watching this movie (mostly the credits). Before youtube or even decent bmx videos, Rad was probably my first real exposure to seeing freestyle BMX in any other form than a magazine.

    As a kid in the 80′s, seeing decent footage of guys like Martin Aparijo, Eddie Fiola, RL Osborn and Woody Itson was all the reason I needed to watch that movie religiously. That movie got me into freestyle, bike magazines, , building bikes from the frame up, proper bike tools, and upgrade fever. None of that hasn’t changed.

    And I segned the DVD petition a while ago.

    …and BMX Bandits was horrible.

  9. JymSeptember 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    =v= I saw /Rad/ at BikeFest. The best part was the most totally believable dance sequence ever filmed:


    I’ve never seen /BMX Bandits/, but the premise makes a lot of sense. I’d certainly follow Nicole Kidman everywhere. If it weren’t for this restraining order, I mean.

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