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(1986)

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Despite petitions this film has never been officially released on DVD or Blu-ray.
The original title of the film was "Balls Out".
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Jamie Clarke, who played Luke, is now the 9th Canadian to climb Mt. Everest.
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When it came time to film the Helltrack scenes, it was the fall season. People were asked to remove their jackets to make it look like summer, and leaves on the tress were painted green.
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The only song that was in the movie and wasn't on the soundtrack was The Charm Kings song, "Caught Up in the Crossfire". Because of this, the song is now lost.
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The man who asks Cru to sign his cast is Rick Moliterno, now owner of Standard Bykes.
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In order to look like his stunt double, Eddie Fiola, Bill Allen had to dye his hair.
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During practice for the film, Rick Moliterno (one of the stunt riders for the film), broke his leg. This was written later into the film, when Cru is about to start the Helltrack race, but Rick, sitting on Christian's truck, asks him to sign his cast.
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Rod and Rex's dance suits were borrowed from the movie, V.
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The character of Cru is loosely based off of Eddie Fiola, who did most of Bill Allen's stunts in the film.
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Bill Allen (Cru) has since made a book called "My Rad Career".
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Jose Yanez's back-flip (done during the Helltrack race) is the only on-screen flip done during the race.
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All of the flatland tricks were performed by Martin Aparijo, Eddie Fiola, and RL Osborne. It took a total of 2 days to film that scene.
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Eddie Fiola does the stunt work for Lori Loughlin (Christian) when Cru and Christian ride in the park.
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Bill Allen performed one bike stunt in the film, and that's when Cru crashes through the fence on his paper route to notice the Helltrack advertisement, but there were two guys on wires pulling on the fence.
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Filming delayed because the Helltrack starting ramp was so high, none of the riders wanted to go down it. The ramp was cut down to a 25 foot tall version. BMX Plus magazine did an article on this.
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When asked about his falls in the film, Mike Miranda said that he was paid $500 for each fall. Since he falls 3 times in the Helltrack race, that totals up to $1,500.
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Bill Allen got the role of Cru thanks to an episode of Hillstreet Blues that he did. When ready to cast the film, director Hal Needham saw this episode.
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Despite playing a 17-year-old in the movie, Bill Allen was 19 when he did this film. (Filming occurred in 1985.) Bill Allen was born in 1966.
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As the film's original title was "Balls Out!", this phrase was used in the movie when Sgt. Smith talks to Cru before the race. He tells him to "Go balls-out!"
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According to co-writer Sam Bernard on the behind-the-scenes commentary, the positions of the trainees were covered up in the credits because the Writers Guild of America wouldn't let the crew put them in. Originally, "Trainee script writer" was written, but it was pulled at the last minute, worrying they could be fined.
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