The Unknown Cyclist (1998)

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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
Meredith Basinger ...
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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Release Date:

10 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 for the Road  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Melissa Cavatelli: The man is an alcoholic penis with legs.
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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 »


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3 August 2003 | by (Sunny London) – See all my reviews

I have watched plenty of gay themed flicks, and to be honest, I have a healthy collection of gay-themed drama... ranging from Phillidelphia to Beautiful Thing and then Jeffrey to In & Out. The Unknown Cyclist is now a valued member of my collection of greats.

It does fall into one of those preachy AIDS AIDS AIDS movies... all about wearing condoms and being careful (don't get me wrong... this is a good thing), so some people may find this kind of film tedious and boring. You really need to give it some time though. It is a beautiful movie.

It has some very poignant messages to get across, and it does this very well. Take some time out to have a look, you won't regret it.

7.5 flaps outta 10.

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