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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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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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USA version is good, British version stinks! See more (23 total) »


  (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
Denis Fraser .... grip (as Dennis Fraser)
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)
Location Management
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
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)
Roger Keen .... technical advisor
Lynda Levy .... publicist

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

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?

The bike featured in the crash scene at the end of the movie was actually a Yamaha 250 GP bike dressed up to look like the 500cc Silver Dream Racer.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »
Silver Dream MachineSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
USA version is good, British version stinks!, 12 September 2010
Author: g-man_863 from United States

I first saw the US release version of Silver Dream Racer on HBO in the early '80s. It wasn't until almost 20 years later I saw the original UK version (same film with different editing). As a fan of MotoGP racing, my emotions on this movie are mixed.

Assuming you've never seen the movie or been been exposed to spoilers on the editing differences in the original (UK) versus US release versions, pay attention: THE EDITING DIFFERENCES IN WHICH VERSION YOU WATCH WILL LIKELY HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON IF YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE THIS FILM. When the DVD is re-released in late 2010, it will hopefully give you the option to choose the US edit as the default view.

THE VOTE OF "8" IS FOR THE US RELEASE VERSION. The editing and scene differences make it a much more enjoyable movie. Without injecting a spoiler, the editing differences drop the original UK/European version to a rating of "2" (1, plus an extra point for a decent theme song by David Essex). Based on the US version, the acting is OK (David Essex and Beau Bridges do a better job in front of the camera than most real GP racers being interviewed). The camera shots are decent (remember this was filmed in 1980, long before Hi-Def helmet cams became the norm).

If you're a fan of racing and sport bikes, the US version is worth your time.

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