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

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

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 <petras@andrew.cmu.edu>

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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 »

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21 August 1986 (Australia)  »

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Hell Track  »

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$2,015,882 (USA)
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Trivia

The man who asks Cru to sign his cast is Rick Moliterno, now owner of Standard Bykes. See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the film, when Wesley says "What a team!", her mouth isn't moving. See more »

Quotes

Christian Hollings: [after wipes out trying to backflip] you over-rotated.
Cru: NO SHIT
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Coffee Town (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

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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B-grade BMX flick set in a stereotypical 1980s high school, has attained an odd cult status.
8 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's your basic "High-school dork beats bully & gets girl using his worthless social-outcast skill that everyone in this little universe is oddly obsessed with" (happens all the time in the 80's). Nothing particularly original or interesting about it, but for some reason it withstands repeated viewings and still seems like fun. It's one of those movies that unintentionally became a cult flick just by being so straightforward.

The plot, the acting, the characters, the one-liners . . . everything about the production is reasonably serviceable for the era, but certainly not GOOD either. The whole thing feels sorta like a cheesy 80's sitcom doing its big 2-hour episode for sweeps week, and the network gave it some money for a real location shoot & some extra cuss words.

The bicycle stuntwork in "Rad" is stellar. Yes, of course it's outdated now, and modern X-games riders like Dave Mirra can demonstrate a lot more technical skill on multi-directional spins & stuff, but ultimately that's beside the point. In real life the average 13-year-old spends weeks teaching himself to do a decent bunny hop. And for that 13-year-old, it's plenty of fun watching a character in "Rad" just trying to learn an (outdated) backflip move in the schoolyard using a hockey helmet & some old bed mattresses. (Think: "Jackass" but not so intentional. And it's too bad this movie was made before the era of "goof reels" during the end credits, because they probably got some real whoppers on film during this production.)

I can quote every line of this movie, but I still can't put my finger on what aspect of it makes it hold up so well. It's got that same sort of odd quality that a "Duck Tales" or a "Saved by the Bell" episode has: You can't explain why on earth you're still watching & enjoying it as an intelligent adult . . . but you are. (And so is everyone else you've shown it to.) Either way you'd better get your insider-status and enjoy this movie now. Next thing we know they might put it on T-shirts at Sam Goody & take all the fun out of it.


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