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Silver Dream Racer (1980)

Nick Freeman is a talented motorcycle racer but lacks a decent bike. Then his brother dies and Nick is left the bike he spent the last three years developing. The bike is revolutionary and Nick sees a way to pursue his dream.


David Wickes


Michael Billington (an original story by), David Wickes (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Essex ... Nick Freeman
Beau Bridges ... Bruce McBride
Cristina Raines ... Julie Prince
Clarke Peters ... Cider Jones
Harry H. Corbett ... Wiggins
Diane Keen ... Tina Freeman
Lee Montague ... Jack Freeman
Sheila White ... Carol
Patrick Ryecart ... Benson
Ed Bishop ... Al Peterson
T.P. McKenna ... Bank Manager
David Baxt ... Ben Mendoza
Barrie Rutter ... Privateer
Doyle Richmond Doyle Richmond ... Cider's Brother
Nick Brimble ... Jack Davis


A young hot-headed motorbike enthusiast inherits the prototype for an incredibly fast machine which was designed by his brother. He successfully gets the finance for it, and uses the bike to challenge for the world championship at Silverstone. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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A Dangerous Story of Love, Obsession and the Ruthless Spirit of Competition.


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Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran triunfo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (recorded in)


Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Closing credits: Our thanks are due to the Riders without whose co-operation this film would not have been possible. See more »

Alternate Versions

On its initial release in the UK in 1980, the film was given a AA (over 14) certificate. The producers were unhappy that many younger David Essex fans were prohibited from seeing the movie so a few months later the film was re-released with an A certificate. Some profanity was re dubbed and a few scenes of nudity were removed to achieve the lower rating. See more »


Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »


Silver Dream Machine
Written by David Essex (uncredited)
Sung by David Essex
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Green lights are go!
24 April 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Nick Freeman is a down-on-his luck but hearty motorbike rider, but after the death of his brother. He inherits a slick looking and innovative prototype, which his brother originally designed. He also finds himself in a little personal battle with champion rider Bruce McBride, and strikes up a relationship with Julie who tags along with McBride. Nick tries his best to find someone to finance his motorcycle with the help of Julie. After continuous knock backs, he's finally given the opportunity to show good this bike is, in the Silverstone World Championship.

Wow, what a hunk of unadulterated… cheese! Still I kind of like it, despite it hackneyed set-up, overwhelming sense of forced sentiment and b-grade feel even with a modest budget. The prototype (designed by Barry Hart) looks pretty sweet, although the film never really lets the motorcycle smoke it up for too long. The racing scenes are professionally handled with a certain edginess. Creatively crisp cinematography and large-scale aerial shots do a good job of bringing the action to the screen. However some questionable blue screen moments show up (and also outside of the race), but never too distracting. Singer David Essex surprisingly churns out quite a decently genuine and fitting performance in the lead, were his monotonously dry presence captured the reckless nature and sour humour of his character. He was also tagged to the film's soundtrack, which was overwrought, but spiritedly engineered to pluck away. David Wickes' economical direction has its mild flashes of glossy precision. The melodrama plot (taken off Michael Billington's original source) is the same-old story with clichés-galore and plastic situations. What we get is a token romance sub-plot and "against the odds" tale, where the desire to succeed and the developments to get where the protagonist reaches can somewhat drum out an happy feel-good sensation. Along the way there's time for some corny montages with mushy music to back it up, but these moments did slow up the pace. It does feel overlong, and the script is considerably spotty, but always diverting with witty remarks. Now the main talking point has go to be the dramatically downbeat ending. Where did that come from?! While it might feel odd to what has gone before it. I thought it was perfect, as it's just like a punch in the gut. The rest of the performances were good, and the crackling chemistry made sure of humorous interactions. Beau Bridges egotistical showman performance is a glowing one and a elegantly solid Christina Raines simply delights. Clarke Peters winningly fine performance, as Nicks' friend/co-worker always made sure there was something amusing whenever on screen. T.P McKenna also gets a minor part, as a bank manager/biker enthusiast.

I know, just how many times have we've seen this been done? Plenty, but I got to hand to Wickes, as he had me sucked in and that haunting conclusion was a real ice-breaker.

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