BMX Bandits (1983) - Adventure, Crime, Drama

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Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

IMDB: 5.5
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: David Argue, John Ley
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 5 out of 32 found boring (15.62%)

One-line Reviews (22)

Tonight it was still entertaining and all the time I wished to find my old BMX, fix it up and get wild for old times sake.

What an enjoyable bike wreck of a movie.

) If you're a fan of Ms Kidman, it will be fascinating to see her at the age of around 15 acting her socks off in a pretty basic kids' movie.

Bland, predictable, simple .

John Seale's polished cinematography makes exquisite use of the widescreen Panavision format and offers plenty of breathtaking shots of the gorgeous Australian landscape.


Nicole Kidman shows her early magical acting skills and the two young lead actors are equally engaging.

Would go nicely in a double feature with "Rad", except "BMX Bandits" is a bit more exciting since Trenchard-Smith is allowed to shoot anywhere he wants to in a massive city and does so with a lot of flair.

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith handles the amiably silly script by Patrick Edge and Russell Hagg with his trademark stylish brio and efficiency: the brisk pace rarely flags for a minute, the lighthearted tone keeps things bubbly and entertaining throughout, the stirring action set pieces are staged with real flair and skill (the bicycle stunts in particular are extremely agile, exciting, and impressive), and the amusing sense of goofy tongue-in-cheek humor delivers a substantial number of major belly laughs.

Aside from the unquestionably awful acting, the requisite for a translator to decipher the dialogue, mediocre bike stunts, unequivocally incompetent bad guys, and absolutely no plot whatsoever…never mind, it was just horrifying anyway you look at it.

Terribly bland, predictable kids flick about a trio of bmx teens who stumble across a stolen stash and have a run-in with crooks and cops as a result.

An immensely enjoyable flick .

(the engaging Angelo D'Angelo), and pessimistic mope Goose (an equally likable turn by James Lugton) are a trio of ace BMX bicycle riders who stumble across a carton of walkie-talkies.

It got really tiresome, after a while.

Those same smiles metamorphosed to looks of bewilderment as this same opening scene dragged on for five, nay ten minutes.

It's really hard to believe, these were the same guys that were in an intense gun-fight with police, a few minutes ago, during a bank heist, and now, they are, now getting pounded by bunch of preteen kids with bags of flour and soap bubbles.

Anyways, that climatic silly chase through all of Sydney's stunning location really does go on forever.

As such, it's completely engaging.

Oh, and she has one of the CREEPIEST kisses with a boy in an empty grave: I guess romance even strikes when you are sitting only feet away from a rotting corpse.

OMGOSH, SO much fun and well worth watching it again if only for the laughs and nostalgia!!!

Second off, the movie has, this, long pointless really, out of place, horror scene, where the bad guys are chasing the teenagers, through a dark cemetery with scary looking masks.

Kids will probably like this movie a lot more than I did, though I think even they will find the movie has more than its share of slow spots.