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Rad (1986)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  21 March 1986 (USA)
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The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Jones
Burton Timmer
Alfie Wise ...
Eliott Dole
Duke Best
Bart Conner ...
Bart Taylor
Marta Kober ...
Jamie Clarke ...
Laura Jacoby ...
Wesley Jones
Sgt. Smith
Chad Hayes ...
Rex Reynolds
Rod Reynolds
Kellie McQuiggin ...
Beverley Hendry ...
Tiger (as Beverly Hendry)


The story of Cru Jones, a young man who can overcome all obstacles that prevent him from participating in the BMX race "Helltrack." As he works towards his dream, Cru falls in love with Christian, an amateur racer. With the help of Christian and her friends, can Cru's "Rad Racing Team" defeat the top BMX factory rider, Bart Taylor ? Written by Josh Petras <>

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Gettin ready to break the ice, feels like time is standin still. And you ride for your heart, ready to take another spill. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

21 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

BMX Helldrivers  »

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$2,015,882 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Jose Yanez's back-flip (done during the Helltrack race) is the only on-screen flip done during the race. See more »


During the lumber yard chase when Cru rides up the stack of logs. The plywood is visible for where Cru rode on the logs. See more »


Burton Timmer: [after being hit by a newspaper thrown by Cru and spilling his coffee] This world would be a lot better off without kids!
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Crazy Credits

R.L. Osborn besides Martin Apariljo perform BMX feats throughout much of the finishing credits. See more »


Referenced in Tosh.0: Crying Giants Fan (2009) See more »


Thunder in Your Heart
Performed by John Farnham
Written by G. Sklerov & L. Macaluso
Produced by David J. Holman (as D. Holman) & Bob Marlete (as B. Marlette)
Executive Producer Rick Riccobono (as R. Riccobono)
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Not just nostalgia
10 May 2003 | by (Iowa City, Iowa) – See all my reviews

Before the huge X-Games explosion of the late 90s, there was another place where extreme sports thrived; The 80s. Like any fad, there were numerous exploitation movies based on it. Thrashin was the cream of the crop to focus on skateboarding, but when it came to BMX there was a real debate. Was it BMX Bandits or Rad? In my mind, there has never been a doubt. While BMX Bandits is pretty good, it can't even come close to Rad. Likely both films spawned hardcore punk bands named after the movies, and Rad the band is far superior to BMX Bandits. (Although really neither are that great) So what makes Rad so good? To start, the star power: a pre-Full House Lori Laughlin is the love interest of our hero Cru, Talia `stop calling me Adrian' Shire has a great turn as Cru's mom, and veteran character actor Ray Walston is hilarious as a crankity old bike shop owner (`The world would be a lot better off without kids'). The movie also has one of my favorite scummy villains of the 80s, Jack Weston of Dirty Dancing, Short Circuit 2, and Can't Stop the Music (the fictionalized Village People biopic). With a cast this great you know you're in for a treat. The next key ingredient of Rad is the stunts. Instead of hiring BMX stuntmen and only using them for stunts, Rad gives them roles, playing themselves. It is set around a fictional BMX race called `Hell Track' and it draws some of the best riders from around the world. It is always a special treat seeing some of my favorite riders of yore on the screen along with Cru. It gives the movie an authentic feeling. It also has spectacular stunt scenes in the opening credits where they just let the riders do there thing and they really show off their skills which are highlighted by interesting angles and slow motion. Another great thing about Rad is the soundtrack. It's the typical eighties teen targeting soundtrack full of various genres aimed to get kids attention; rock, dance, new wave, even some ballads. They all work though and you'll be humming the tunes long after the movie has stopped. The hit `Send Me An Angel' (which was later used to great effect in the Fred Savage vehicle / Nintendo commercial The Wizard) is especially great and has found its way onto mix tapes of mine ever since the I first bought the soundtrack in 87 with it's catchy, haunting synth line. All in all, Rad is more than just a fun trip down nostalgia lane. Even if you haven't grown up in the 80's or gotten caught up in the BMX craze, it is still a lot of fun. And besides, what other movie do you get to see Ray Walston give the middle finger with such conviction?

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