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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.

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David Wickes

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (recorded in)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Essex sings the songs featured in the soundtrack, including Silver Dream Machine. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two different endings to this film in circulation. The full version ends with David Essex lifting his arms in victory as his motorbike crosses the finish line. Seconds after he does so the bike begins to wobble, then spins out of control and crashes spectacularly. The second version concludes with a freeze-frame immediately after Essex crosses the line and raises his arms. See more »

Connections

References Moonraker (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think I'll Always Love You
Written by David Essex (uncredited)
Sung by Victi Silva (as Victy Silva)
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USA version is good, British version stinks!
12 September 2010 | by g-man_863See all my reviews

I first saw the US release version of Silver Dream Racer on HBO in the early '80s. It wasn't until almost 20 years later I saw the original UK version (same film with different editing). As a fan of MotoGP racing, my emotions on this movie are mixed.

Assuming you've never seen the movie or been been exposed to spoilers on the editing differences in the original (UK) versus US release versions, pay attention: THE EDITING DIFFERENCES IN WHICH VERSION YOU WATCH WILL LIKELY HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON IF YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE THIS FILM. When the DVD is re-released in late 2010, it will hopefully give you the option to choose the US edit as the default view.

THE VOTE OF "8" IS FOR THE US RELEASE VERSION. The editing and scene differences make it a much more enjoyable movie. Without injecting a spoiler, the editing differences drop the original UK/European version to a rating of "2" (1, plus an extra point for a decent theme song by David Essex). Based on the US version, the acting is OK (David Essex and Beau Bridges do a better job in front of the camera than most real GP racers being interviewed). The camera shots are decent (remember this was filmed in 1980, long before Hi-Def helmet cams became the norm).

If you're a fan of racing and sport bikes, the US version is worth your time.


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