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Silver Dream Racer -- Two speed-obsessed daredevils compete against each other in the world motorcycle championship.  With a music score written and performed by David Essex.


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Michael Billington (story)
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 Nappi ... Mrs. Buonaguidi (as Malya Woolf)
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

Wesley Pestano ... Barman
Paul Rothwell-Smith ... Spectator
Ken Wheatcroft ... Senator
Tony Dalby ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)

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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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)

Did You Know?

David Essex sings the songs featured in the soundtrack including Silver Dream MachineSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »
Silver Dream MachineSee more »


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Green lights are go!, 24 April 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Nick Freeman is a down-on-his luck but hearty motorbike rider, but after the death of his brother. He inherits a slick looking and innovative prototype, which his brother originally designed. He also finds himself in a little personal battle with champion rider Bruce McBride, and strikes up a relationship with Julie who tags along with McBride. Nick tries his best to find someone to finance his motorcycle with the help of Julie. After continuous knock backs, he's finally given the opportunity to show good this bike is, in the Silverstone World Championship.

Wow, what a hunk of unadulterated… cheese! Still I kind of like it, despite it hackneyed set-up, overwhelming sense of forced sentiment and b-grade feel even with a modest budget. The prototype (designed by Barry Hart) looks pretty sweet, although the film never really lets the motorcycle smoke it up for too long. The racing scenes are professionally handled with a certain edginess. Creatively crisp cinematography and large-scale aerial shots do a good job of bringing the action to the screen. However some questionable blue screen moments show up (and also outside of the race), but never too distracting. Singer David Essex surprisingly churns out quite a decently genuine and fitting performance in the lead, were his monotonously dry presence captured the reckless nature and sour humour of his character. He was also tagged to the film's soundtrack, which was overwrought, but spiritedly engineered to pluck away. David Wickes' economical direction has its mild flashes of glossy precision. The melodrama plot (taken off Michael Billington's original source) is the same-old story with clichés-galore and plastic situations. What we get is a token romance sub-plot and "against the odds" tale, where the desire to succeed and the developments to get where the protagonist reaches can somewhat drum out an happy feel-good sensation. Along the way there's time for some corny montages with mushy music to back it up, but these moments did slow up the pace. It does feel overlong, and the script is considerably spotty, but always diverting with witty remarks. Now the main talking point has go to be the dramatically downbeat ending. Where did that come from?! While it might feel odd to what has gone before it. I thought it was perfect, as it's just like a punch in the gut. The rest of the performances were good, and the crackling chemistry made sure of humorous interactions. Beau Bridges egotistical showman performance is a glowing one and a elegantly solid Christina Raines simply delights. Clarke Peters winningly fine performance, as Nicks' friend/co-worker always made sure there was something amusing whenever on screen. T.P McKenna also gets a minor part, as a bank manager/biker enthusiast.

I know, just how many times have we've seen this been done? Plenty, but I got to hand to Wickes, as he had me sucked in and that haunting conclusion was a real ice-breaker.

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