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Rad (1986)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 March 1986 (USA)
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The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack.


Hal Needham
3,660 ( 116)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Allen ... Cru
Lori Loughlin ... Christian
Talia Shire ... Mrs. Jones
Ray Walston ... Burton Timmer
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Eliott Dole
Jack Weston ... Duke Best
Bart Conner Bart Conner ... Bart Taylor
Marta Kober Marta Kober ... Becky
Jamie Clarke Jamie Clarke ... Luke
Laura Jacoby Laura Jacoby ... Wesley Jones
H.B. Haggerty ... Sgt. Smith
Chad Hayes Chad Hayes ... Rex Reynolds
Carey W. Hayes Carey W. Hayes ... Rod Reynolds (as Carey Hayes)
Kellie McQuiggin Kellie McQuiggin ... Foxy
Beverley Hendry Beverley Hendry ... Tiger (as Beverly Hendry)


The story of Cru Jones, a young man who can overcome all obstacles that prevent him from participating in the BMX race "Helltrack." As he works towards his dream, Cru falls in love with Christian, an amateur racer. With the help of Christian and her friends, can Cru's "Rad Racing Team" defeat the top BMX factory rider, Bart Taylor ? Written by Josh Petras <petras@andrew.cmu.edu>

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Gettin ready to break the ice, feels like time is standin still. And you ride for your heart, ready to take another spill. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


Rod and Rex's dance suits were borrowed from the movie, V. See more »


In the last qualifying race Cru flips off of his bike. The rider in last place, wearing a red jacket passes him. But then, in the next shot when Cru gets back on his bike to re-enter the race, riders appear and enter the scene from the left, as if they took a different route; Cru is ahead of them...like all of a sudden he's not in last place, and guess who's now behind him? Yep, the rider wearing the red jacket. See more »


Christian Hollings: [Luke and Becky are walking down the hall together, arm in arm] C'mon, its so obvious from the moment you seem them together
Cru: I know but they've never copped to it like that before.
Christian Hollings: Well they probably just didn't want you to feel left out.
Cru: Ya? So what's changed?
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Crazy Credits

R.L. Osborn besides Martin Apariljo perform BMX feats throughout much of the finishing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scenes included in the final airing on the Canadian cable movie station Superchannel, but absent from the home video version;
  • A short sequence, actually made up of three different scenes, right after the confrontation at the Rad Racing T-Shirt stand. These scenes are;
  • Luke is sitting at the dinner table with his parents. His father tells him it isn't the end of the world. He excuses himself from the table.
  • Amy is sitting in her room listening to music when her mother comes in. They have a short exchange where her mother scolds her for acting childish.
  • An unnamed boy storms out of his house late at night.
  • Right after this comes a scene where a drunken Bart Taylor stumbles into the restaurant where Cru works just as it's closing. Shouting, Bart challenges him to a one on one race, since Cru has been disqualified from HellTrack. Bart winds up falling over and doing a face plant into a piece of pie on the table where the bald cop is sitting.
  • Another scene just before the race, after Duke Best has warned Bart about Cru and instructed the Reynolds twins to take him out;
  • Cru thanks Mr. Pratt for him and the town getting behind him and supporting Rad Racing. Mr. Pratt gives Cru a brand new bike from his store.
  • All of the characters from the deleted scenes are listed in the credits on the home video version.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Bed Intruder (2011) See more »


Send Me an Angel
Written by David Sterry (as D. Sterry) & Richard Zatorski (as R. Zatorski)
Performed by Real Life
Produced by Steve Hillage
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Radical man
11 April 2008 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

Well before X Games was even thought of or heard of "Rad" was in theaters. I was young when the movie came out and my memory of the entire movie is a bit hazy, but what I do remember was good. As young as I was when I watched it I would not have known good acting from bad, but I remember the cool stunts he was trying and his determination to do the back flip on the bike (which is a standard stunt now). Also, how could anyone forget the scene from the school dance where he did variable stunts to the song "Give me an Angel".

Rad is most likely a cult classic if it is anything at all, very few have watched it and probably even fewer will remember it. It is another iconic symbol of the great 80's.

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Release Date:

28 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$408,980, 23 March 1986

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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