Rad Movie Review


At Helltrack... The heat is on
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Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Ray Walston

Alfie Wise, Jack Weston, Bart Conner, Marta Kober, Jamie Clarke, Laura Jacoby, H.B. Haggerty, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, Kellie McQuiggin Update Cast

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The classic BMX movie, Rad was released in 1986 to the theaters and promptly disappeared due to poor box office attendance. Like many cult movies, that hasn't stopped the flick from becoming a BMX classic. It was in the top ten video rentals for two years after it's release.

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Long before the mountain bike, throughout the 80's, the only pedal-powered transport to have was a BMX.

Inevitably, there was a rash of BMX movies released. Some supported the true spirit of BMX, some were just cash-ins. Rad was probably the best and has quite a following among BMXer's even to this day.

In true 80's style, Rad is based on a story of a small town BMXer that goes up and competes against nationally known BMXers who have big sponsers behind them (Mongoose, GT, etc.) and wins.

Rad! has many good points to it, including incredible stunts by BMX legends Eddie Fiola and RL Osborn, music and the normal 80's 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. 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! The mountainbike is fading.

Feb 2020 Update: Michael Putlack kindly updated to say: Yo! Rad has been restored and is getting a new 4k version premiering at this year's SXSW. There will be a national re-release beginning May 8th.

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Ranks up in a tie for first on my list of greatest movies ever made.

Great stunts and riding.

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The Movie Data

Key Crew

Director: Hal Needham
Writer: Sam Bernard, Geoffrey Edwards
Producers: Sam Bernard, Mary Eilts, Robert L. Levy, Jack Schwartzman
Locations Manager: Tom Benz

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Release Date: 21 Mar 1986
MPAA Rating: PG
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Production: TaliaFilm II Productions
Genre: Sports

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1986 TriStar Pictures
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