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Valley

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I know Devo is a huge fan of this movie, but with it being out-of-print, I was wondering how many people have actually had the pleasure of enjoying "RAD".

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In true 80's style, RAD is based on the story of a small town BMXer who competes against big time BMXers who have sponsors behind them (Mongoose, GT, etc.) and... see the movie and find out!.

RAD! has many good points to it, including incredible stunts by BMX legends Eddie Fiola and RL Osborn, great music and love story. As for the stunts, both the intro and credits to the movie are just about 4-5 minutes of freestyle riders showing off.

RAD has bike stunts/races throughout, starting with the intro, then Cru and his friends delivering papers to local businesses/residents, then the Cru/Christian show at the Helltrack Dance, and the main race/credits with various other stunts thrown in here and there.

All in all, RAD is one of the best Bike/BMX/Freestyle movies ever made in my opinion.

It's a shame that both the movie and the soundtrack are out of print because RAD has suddenly made a comeback due to one thing: BMX is back! Anyone watch the Olympics? Here's some irony....Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner is in this movie.

RAD also features a classic 80s soundtrack. Tracks include:

1. "Break The Ice" by John Farnham
2. "Love Theme From Rad" by John Farnham
3. "Thunder In Your Heart" by John Farnham
4. "Baby Come Back" by Jimmy Haddox
5. "Send Me An Angel" by Real Life
6. "Riverside" by The Beat Farmers
7. "Music That You Can Dance To" by Sparks
8. "Wind Me Up" by 3-Speed
9. "Get Strange" by Hubert Kah
10. "Caught Up In The Crossfire" by The Charm Kings

Anyone....

[ 26. August 2008, 10:56: Message edited by: Valley ]

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RAD - Send Me An Angel

[ 16. May 2010, 13:24: Message edited by: Valley ]

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Yeah, they really need to get this out on (legitimate) DVD. They released my other favorite '80s sports movie - Thrashin' - already, so this would seem like a total no-brainer. And when they finish with the Rad DVD how about getting on Airborne next? That would be the trifecta: skating, bmx bikes and rollerblading. I could die happy after that.

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Devolution here,

Come on now, RAD is the thing that makes 10 year olds want to be good at biking, makes bikers think they can get girls that look like Lori Loughlin, and more importantly makes bikers think that girls who are good at bike tricks look like her.

The Soundtrack is great, very hard to come by all the songs.

Oh, I put Airborne on a DVD-R. Thank god of DVD Recorders.

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I barely remember seeing RAD as a kid, but I'm sure that I liked it. I have to buy a copy and watch it again.

Thrashin' is awesome as well. Love the soundtrack. I still can't track down a bunch of the songs, especially "Don't Think Twice" by France Joli. I love that tune. If anyone knows where I can get it, please let me know.

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Though not as good, BMX Bandits is out on DVD and worth a look if you've never seen it before. It's kind of like an Australian version of Gleaming the Cube with BMX bikes instead of skateboards. It features a 16-year-old Nicole Kidman too.
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journey, I remember it well. It was on HBO all the time in the late 80's.
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I don't think I've ever seen this movie... Hmmm....
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RareDVDClassics.com has it for sale, though I suspect it's probably just a DVD-R copy.
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I love everything with this movie and Lori Loughlin really steal my heart.
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Thanks journey... [Smile]
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I justed watched this again tonight after not seeing it in many years. Better than I remembered. Great soundtrack as well. Makes me miss those days on the BMX. I also forgot that Mr. Hand was in this one. I definitely recommend this to those who never saw it.
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Devolution here,

yeah, Mr. Hand is pretty good at one handed bike riding.

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Mr. Hand definetly had the monopoly on stern headmaster/principal roles in the 80's, (Fast Times, Private School, Rad). This is one movie I regret not getting to see in the 80's, it might have encouraged me more to race in BMX races, etc. I love that Real Life song in the soundtrack.
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quote:
Originally posted by Riptide:
I love that Real Life song in the soundtrack.

That song is so good I can't get enough of it. Also one of the best scenes in the movie.
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I still have the Rad soundtrack LP in my mom's attic no record player to play it on so I can copy it to cd.

Also was their anyone hotter than Lori Loughlin back then?

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I took a break from my horror marathon because I got my paws on an awesomely transferred dvd copy of "RAD". The picture and sound are extremely high quality and it made the experience even better than I anticipated.

"RAD" is quickly becoming one of my fav hidden gems from the 80's. The "Send Me An Angel" sequence is BMX magic and I can't get enough of it. Also, I was totally inspired by the tune "Thunder In Your Heart" as I worked out tonight. Let's put it this way, I'm so into this flick that I'm even starting to enjoy the cheesy dance routine to the killer Sparks song. ha

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Rad is a gem, I've only watched it once so I'm saving it so I don't get tired of it. Congrats Valley on passing the 4K mark.
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quote:
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I got my paws on an awesomely transferred dvd copy of "RAD". The picture and sound are extremely high quality and it made the experience even better than I anticipated.

Valley, I also got a great transfer of this flick. I bet you got it from the same place I did. Came with the artwork as well.
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Great interview...
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I got it!!!!
I finally bought Rad!

It was called BMX Hellriders here back in the day.
I´ll be back when the VHS tape arrives.

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ATomiK, I hope you enjoy "RAD"! It has become one of my fav 'Lost in the 80's' flicks. 80'sRocked and I will totally recommend a guy that got us a RAD DVD from an HD source.

The movie has incredible stunts and great tunes, but it isn't only for BMX fans....Lori Loughlin rocks in this movie!

I love this thread!

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Great movie that I never has seen back in the day, watched it with the girlfriend a few months back and we both thought it was great, along with BMX Bandits

I have heard a remake of the Send Me An Angel track in a mix from a few years back, great song.

That must have lost out on a fortune in sales on this dvd already, though I an many others would buy an offical release of it i'm sure.

I remember BMX Bandits selling for £20-30 on vhs in the UK for a long time, then DVD was out and that soon put a stop to it ;0)

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Yeah, i watched Rad with my 7 year old son and it is a cool flick.
My son was like "wow" when he saw some of the stunts.

Lori Loughlin is lovely once again.
The John Farnham songs on the soundtrack are awesome!

Here´s the finnish vhs cover art:

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I dug out my old DYNO BMX bike out of my parents basement in the name of this movie. Gonna get it back into riding condition so I can once again "airwalk". Good times !!!
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