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RAD (1986)




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This film's for the BMX bike racers of the world. A small town is out to raise funds by building a BMX racetrack and sponsoring a major race. They sponsor their own small-town hero Cru (Bill Allen) who's up against the big-monied sponsor's champion Bart Taylor (played by Olympic gymnast-turned-actor, Bart Thomas). Bart's the bad guy here, who doesn't play by the rules. The film's highlights are found in the stunt-filled race sequences, where the two duel it out on their high-flying two wheelers.

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Talia Shire
as Mrs. Jones
Lori Loughlin
as Christian
Bart Conner
as Bart Taylor
Ray Walston
as Burton Timmer
Alfie Wise
as Eliott Dole
Jack Weston
as Duke Best
Laura Jacoby
as Wesley Jones
H.B. Haggerty
as Sgt. Smith
Chad Hayes
as Rex Reynolds
Carey Hayes
as Rod Reynolds
Martin Aparijo
as BMX Stunt Rider
Bill Berry
as Luke's Dad
Georgie Collins
as Luke's Mom
Gordon Signer
as Mayor Coop Jenkins
Maureen Thomas
as Flag Lady
Bev Wotton
as Woman Buys T-Shirt on Street
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Critic Reviews for RAD

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Rad is a tedious exercise of endurance that has nothing to do the number of bunny hops achieved.

September 24, 2020 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

The whole thing reminds you more of an overanxious teacher or coach, taking a few slang words and repeating them endlessly in a doomed attempt to "relate."

August 21, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The bicycle acrobatics behind the credits at the opening of Rad are so spectacular that you wonder what the movie can do to improve on them. The short answer is, nothing.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Brimming with energy, passion, and an underdog spirit... there's not a cynical note to be found in the absolutely delightful Rad!

March 19, 2021 | Full Review…

There's no Mr. Miyagi, but you do get Ray Walston as a local bigwig who responds to Best's meddling by giving him the finger.

March 19, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Needham lovingly films the BMX riders, so, if you don't mind cheese and love bikes, you'll get a lot out of the movie.

August 16, 2020 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for RAD


I remember this movie! Cheesy, but interesting.

Leo L
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