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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.

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Hal Needham
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4,239 ( 561)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jamie Clarke, who played Luke, is now the 9th Canadian to climb Mt. Everest. See more »

Goofs

When Bart, Rod and Rex drive by and see that Cru will be in the race they are driving the grand prize...the Corvette. How is it that they get to drive it around, they didn't win the race; they hadn't even raced yet. See more »

Quotes

Cru Jones: Me, I ride for me.
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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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Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: Trampled Cheerleader (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Strange
Performed by Hubert Kah
Written by Hubert Kah (as H. Kemmler) & M. Loehr
Produced by Michael Cretu
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User Reviews

I really think it is horrible that this movie is out-of-print..
25 September 2000 | by williams5858See all my reviews

I think this movie is a masterpiece, but didn't get a lot of publicity. I have an old copy that I recorded off the TV, and everyone I show it to loves it. Everyone wants to buy it, but I have to let them down when I tell them it is out of print. It doesn't matter what age people are either, everyone instantly falls in love with this movie. People do like it for different reasons though. Some enjoy the thrill of BMX bikes, and others like how Cru and Christian fall in love. The plot of a smalltown boy trying to make it big gives young kids a dream, and older people the joy of watching their kids eyes light up with joy while watching this movie. This is definitely one of my favorite movies of all-time, and would love nothing more than to have an original copy instead of my recorded one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rad See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$408,980, 23 March 1986

Gross USA:

$2,015,882

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,015,882
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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