A trio of teen BMX enthusiasts become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering their cache of walkie-talkies.

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Patrick Edgeworth, Russell Hagg (based on a screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Argue ... Whitey
John Ley ... Moustache
Nicole Kidman ... Judy
Angelo D'Angelo ... P.J.
James Lugton ... Goose
Bryan Marshall ... The Boss
Brian Sloman Brian Sloman ... The Creep
Peter Browne ... Police Constable
Bill Brady Bill Brady ... Police Sergeant
Linda Newton Linda Newton ... Police Woman
Bob Hicks Bob Hicks ... Heavy #1
Guy Norris Guy Norris ... Heavy #2
Chris Hession Chris Hession ... Heavy #3
Norman Hodges Norman Hodges ... The Drunk
Tracy Wallace Tracy Wallace ... Buxom Lady (as Tracey Wallace)
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Three teenagers discover a stash of walkie talkies and decide to make a quick buck and sell the items. Unfortunately for them, the equipment belongs to a gang of hardened criminals who need them for their next job. They will do anything to get them back. Written by grantss

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A High Flying Ride To Adventure See more »

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Brian Trenchard-Smith's aim with the film was to recapture some of the spirit of the Ealing comedies and films from the 50s and 60s that were clearly aimed at children. See more »

Goofs

When the bike is seen going down the water slide, the pedal on the underside has been removed. See more »

Quotes

Whitey: We're Police
Supermarket Manager: I don't care if you're Bob Hawke.
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Crazy Credits

Nicole Kidman, James Lugton and Angelo D'Angelo are shown in scenes at the BMX bicycle racetrack during the concluding credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kath & Kim: Hello Nails! (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Ready To Fly (Kangaroo Hop)
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Performed by The Papers
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Way better than 'Rad'! (spoilers)
30 September 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I'm sure that there have probably been a lot more adventure films centered around BMXing than just BMX Bandits or Rad, but those are all that I have seen as of this writing. And while I thought 'Rad' was far too embarrassingly cheesy and was initially skeptical when I picked up BMX Bandits, BMX Bandits blew 'Rad' right out the water as far as acting, story, humor, and even action sequences.

BMX Bandits is something like an Australian version of the Hardy Boys (plus one girl) mystery on wheels. Three teens desperate for money to not only get new bikes, but also finally fulfill their ambitions for a neighborhood dirt course decide to try and make the cash on their own. Only, their brief, unsuccessful time as fishing entrepreneurs leads them instead to a boat with a mysterious box tied to it. So, they did what any honest citizen would: they cut the rope and claimed the abandoned treasure for themselves. A case full of sophisticated walkie talkies which yield not only a pretty penny as they sell them to the neighborhood kids, but also a lot of trouble as they are chased by their skilled, gangster owners who wish to retrieve their finds and punish the kids for taking them, as well as the cops who think something much more is going on when their radio frequencies are interrupted with the conversations of the three teens on their walkie talkies.

Despite the family film theme, the movie lacks much of the corniness common to the genre, the decade, or the BMX theme. The filmmakers were willing to be a little more daring with the dialog and the story, probably trying to appeal to audiences older than just the pre-teen market and do so in an often humorous manner, thanks mostly to the witty retort of Goose (James Lugton), one of the three main teens. Although, at least for me, one of the drawbacks was a longer-than-necessary conclusion in which the teens and the gangsters duke it out more or less.

Nonetheless, it is an old adventurous cult classic that is well worth checking out.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1983 (Australia) See more »

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Short Wave See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,050,000 (estimated)
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Nilsen Premiere See more »
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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