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David Wickes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
September 1983 (USA) See more »
A Dangerous Story of Love, Obsession and the Ruthless Spirit of Competition.
A young hot-headed motorbike enthusiast inherits the prototype for an incredibly fast machine which was designed by his brother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Essex ... Nick Freeman

Beau Bridges ... Bruce McBride

Cristina Raines ... Julie Prince

Clarke Peters ... Cider Jones
Harry H. Corbett ... Wiggins
Diane Keen ... Tina Freeman
Lee Montague ... Jack Freeman
Sheila White ... Carol
Patrick Ryecart ... Benson

Ed Bishop ... Al Peterson

T.P. McKenna ... Bank Manager
David Baxt ... Ben Mendoza
Barrie Rutter ... Privateer
Doyle Richmond ... Cider's Brother

Nick Brimble ... Jack Davis
Malya Woolf ... Mrs. Buonaguidi
Stephen Hoye ... Clarke Nichols

Richard LeParmentier ... Journalist
Murray Kash ... 1st TV Repoeter
Bruce Boa ... 2nd TV Reporter
Christopher Driscoll ... Photographer
Leslie Schofield ... Reporter
Robert Russell ... Garage Mechanic
Morris Perry ... Financier

Elisabeth Sladen ... Bank Secretary (as Elizabeth Sladen)
Jim McManus ... Bike Salesman
Antony Brown ... Executive
Edward Kalinski ... Disco Boy
Joanna Andrews ... Disco Girl
Vincent Wong ... 1st Japanese Man
Cecil Cheng ... 2nd Japanese Man
David Neville ... Man at Bank
Godfrey Jackman ... Bank Doorman

June Chadwick ... Secretary
Kate Harper ... 1st Party Guest
Derrie Powell ... 2nd Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Melnik ... Motorbike racer
Ralph Morse ... Spectator
Paul Rothwell-Smith ... Spectator
Ken Wheatcroft ... Senator

Directed by
David Wickes 
Writing credits
Michael Billington (story)

David Wickes (screenplay)

Produced by
René Dupont .... producer
Original Music by
David Essex 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Hollywood 
Casting by
Lesley De Pettit  (as Lesley de Pettitt)
Art Direction by
Malcolm Middleton 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... chief hairdresser
Peter Robb-King .... chief makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Baker .... assistant director
Art Department
Barry Hart .... designer: Silver Dream Motorcycle
Tony Morris .... construction manager
Ian Watson .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ron Davis .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... dubbing mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... chief dubbing mixer
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Neil Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... process photography (as Charles D. Staffell)
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger
Greg Powell .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Dennis Fraser .... grip
John Maskall .... camera operator
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Marc Wolff .... camera pilot
Harry Woodley .... gaffer
Casting Department
Mike Fenton .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Brady .... wardrobe supervisor
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Christopher Ackland .... assistant editor (as Chris Ackland)
James Marsh .... assistant editor
Christopher Morris .... assistant editor (as Chris Morris)
Music Department
John Cameron .... composer: additional music
John Cameron .... musical director
John Cameron .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... unit driver
Other crew
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant accountant
Andrew Ellis .... script consultant
Georgiana Hamilton .... continuity (as Georgina Hamilton)
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Roger Keen .... technical advisor
Lynda Levy .... publicist

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111 min | USA:101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Iceland:12 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1986) | USA:PG (certificate #25831)

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Real life imitates art, but only to a point!, 1 November 2004
Author: labratV2 from United States

O.K., I'll concede that this movie is not all that great! I don't think there's been a really great motorcycle related film since Easy Rider. Although, Little Fauss and Big Halsey with Redford was not too shabby! A good character study as well as a bike flick. At least these films had something to do with the real racing spirit, unlike the miscreant unproductive behaviors glorified in the recent Larry Fishburn's "Biker Boyz". I can't think of any more insane premise than racing Nitro-enhanced Huyabusa type bikes down a dead-end dirt road as a grand finale... I think trying to travel light speed is a more feasible idea? There's something about that scene stolen from a horse/western flick, but doesn't work! This film did nothing but serve to further demonize the average Joe commuter/enthusiast cyclist for law enforcement types by glamorizing a subculture of reckless uninsurable freaks that exist in the big U.S. cities.

- For those that don't like the SDR ending, don't you get it? Underdog type gets the hot chick, takes the race with utter impunity only to meet demise at the end. It's a classic tragedy! Also tragic was the British motorcycle industry (British industry in general during this period) Metaphor?

I think besides the Norton rotary made for the Brit Police, the U.K. was soon to produce <200 units per annum until the 1995 resurrection of Triumph. I think the Jeff Bridges character in SDR was supposed to be a metaphor for the then- dominant American Kenny Roberts, but I'm sure the great KR wouldn't appreciate that particular character portrayal! If upon watching SDR you find yourself irretrievably bummed out, watch Little Fauss, it will make you feel much better!

However, the Silver Dream concept was not completely fictitious. The Barton "Silver Dream Racers" were actually being built in an abandoned church in the U.K. at this time, They were a good design on paper, but very poorly executed when it came to tolerances and metalurgy. Some units would have their engines frag all over the shop after a couple throttle-twists. As the real story progresses, a Yank. Eric Buell got the design rights & built his own Wisconsin version that worked in 1983 (Buell RW-750 "Road Warrior"). However, the controlling regulatory entity in the U.S. eliminated this racing class that season... Politics even infiltrate the cycle racing world.... After this setback, Buell went back to engineering at Harley for a while. He would rise from the ashes to build an actual super-bike using a Harley engine with his own company. So far, the latest versions are very impressive, if not for all out speed, but a combination of charisma, durability, and finesse that nothing else has . I used to ride exclusively Japanese bikes myself, but have recently been converted... What would make things come full circle is some revived new tech at Harley to produce something that will eat Ducks (Ducatis) and RC51's, Maybe win the AMA super-bike title!!! It could happen? For now, there's the new Triumph Daytona 675. A full frontal assault on the same old Godzilla bike that's been coming from Hamamatsu for innumerable years. That's partially the essence of what this movie is really about. Vindication is at hand!:)

Well, that's where this sad little movie actually does fit into a bigger picture...

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