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BMX Bandits (1983)

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Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Argue ...
John Ley ...
Angelo D'Angelo ...
James Lugton ...
Bryan Marshall ...
The Boss
Brian Sloman ...
The Creep
Peter Browne ...
Police Constable
Bill Brady ...
Police Sergeant
Linda Newton ...
Police Woman
Bob Hicks ...
Heavy #1
Guy Norris ...
Heavy #2
Chris Hession ...
Heavy #3
Norman Hodges ...
The Drunk
Tracy Wallace ...
Buxom Lady


Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

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A High Flying Ride To Adventure See more »


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Release Date:

29 December 1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Short Wave  »

Box Office


AUD 1,050,000 (estimated)

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Nicole Kidman's first movie role. See more »


In the first scene the bikes have platform pedals, but when you see them again they are different. See more »


Judy: Your little walkie talkies... have gone walkies.
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Referenced in 20 to 1: 80's Good, Bad & Ugly (2010) See more »


I'm Ready To Fly (Kangaroo Hop)
(Main Theme)
Performed by The Papers
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BMX Babel
15 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A masterpiece of cinematic quasi-magic-realism, very much in thrall to Godard and Truffaut's aesthetic, replete with a distantiating Verfremdung that evokes Brecht at his most polemically abstruse. The spectator is at once him/herself simulacrum (or indeed fractured cultural mirror) and bearer of celluloid epiphany in this disquisition on unceasing motion, which evokes image as thief (or "bandit" - highwayman) of desire in Debord's ideologically moribund "society of the spectacle". The BMX - the "cycle" - becomes a metonym for life itself, turning as if a wheel on the caprices of youthful abundance and fecundity, to end its superficial existence as a superannuated fad must perish, in a dwindle to aged redundancy. The very nature of recreational cinema is thus called into account; through a mise-en-scene that purposefully and self-reflexively explodes notions of suture and consequent artistic rupture, Bandits holds forth against its own, revolutionary coups de theatre, challenging, distorting and toying with our perceptions of classical justice, the "natural", and the sublimely revolving (yet easily punctured) inner-tube of carnal temporality: thus "spoke" Zarathrustra.

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