Sunday, 27 February 2011

Rad (1986)

How this film is still not available on DVD is beyond me, but I guess that's just another reason to love VHS.

"It's going to take a lot more than skill for Cru Jones to conquer the toughest BMX challenge in the world. It's going to take a miracle."

Another 80's movie contender for the greatest soundtrack of all time. The scene at the high school dance between Cru (Bill Allen) and Christian (Lori Loughlin) simply takes your breath away.
There are a few people in this film that left me infuriated, Alfie Wise who plays Eliott Dole is just one of them. He drove me nuts! The other is the character of Bart Taylor, apparently the greatest BMX rider in America. That is until he rides into Cru. For every annoying character you get a cracker, take the ginger kid for instance with his Bart Taylor shirt who gets transformed into a Cru's number fan.

I've dabbled with the idea in the past but now I know it for sure, I am completely head over heels in love with Lori Loughlin. From Secret Admirer onwards, this girl is smokin' hot.

That last race took everything I had. When Cru does the bike back-flip you can't help but raise a huge smile. To be fair to Bart, he stops at the last lap to allow Cru to catch up so he can have  one-on-one shot. It's bad-ass! I ended up loving Taylor too.

There aren't many but this one has to be the greatest BMX movie of all time. I'm sure of it! I'm sure most of you have seen it but if you haven't I urge you to tack the tape down, thank me later.
You could also do no wrong by screening this one with either BMX Bandits, Gleaming the Cube or Thrashin'.


  1. RAD is the best! I have loved it from the first time I saw it on VHS when it first hit rental stores. I have the soundtrack on my iPod, and, yes, that makes me a dork. I still say a double feature of this and THRASHIN' in 35mm would be my dream.

  2. Ha! The soundtrack is RAD, let alone the film!
    Where did you get it from? I'd BMX race someone for it.