The Unknown Cyclist (1998)

 |  Drama  |  10 October 1998 (USA)
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A man's dying wish is for the people in his life to participate in a 450-mile charity bicycle ride through Northern California.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Cavatelli
Frank Cavatelli
Gaetano Amador
Doug Stein
Gabe Sinclair
Jaclyn Balacy ...
Lemonade Stand Girl #1
Brianna Tiesi ...
Lemonade Stand Girl #2
Ismael 'East' Carlo ...
Farm Worker
Richard Danielson ...
Shane - Bartender
David Hamblin ...
Doug's Date
Luc Pierre


A man's dying wish is for the people in his life to participate in a 450-mile charity bicycle ride through Northern California.

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10 October 1998 (USA)  »

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4 for the Road  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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[trying to come out to his mother]
Doug Stein: Is there something you wanna ask about me?
Rachel: Nah... No.
Doug Stein: Let me rephrase that... I need to tell you something that...
Rachel: [quickly] I don't wanna know.
Doug Stein: How do you *know* that you don't wanna know?
Rachel: Because if it's what I think it is, I don't wanna know.
Doug Stein: Then, you know?
Rachel: Maybe but I don't *want* to know.
Doug Stein: So why can't I tell you?
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Crazy Credits

Dream Vision Entertainment II wishes to extend special thanks to: Julie, Olivia and Jake Leverenz; Ron and Karen McCann; Bruce Hartberg; George Hartberg; Andrew Thomas; Joe Depompels; Jerry Braxton; Antionette Elliot; Larry McLinden; Mark and Tammy Hall; Thelma Silsberger; Bernie Cullen; Family and Friends from Windom, MN and everyone who has helped Dream Vision Entertainment II grow. See more »


Behind the Mask
Written by Donald Markowitz and Dean Grakal (as Dean Grakel)
Performed by Tony Shepperd
Published by Donald Jay Music Ltd. ascap and Birdies Of My Life Music, Irving Music, BMI
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Just what is a family?
7 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You never know when you take the time to watch an indie whether it is going to inspire you a or just be a waste. I really don't think that I have ever commented a movie was too short, but this one certainly was. I did not want it to end, and I think it really could have explored the issues more deeply.

Chris dies and wants the four people that mean the most to him to bond. They include his ex-wife (Lea Thompson), his husband (Stephen Spinella), a friend (Danny Nucci), and his estranged twin brother (Vincent Spano). He arranges for them to spend six days together in an AIDS bike event by withholding his ashes. 96 minutes is just not enough time to explore all the angles that were present in this film. Naturally, it ends the way you want it to, but it just got there too quickly.

I remember words that M. Scott Peck said in one of his books. He talked about the fact that you have no choice in the family you are born into, but you have the right to choose the family that you will love. That is the underlying theme here. A family can be something as odd as these four people. It can be anything as long as it provides love and strength.

This was definitely an indie that inspires.

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