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Film / BMX Bandits

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Classic 1983 Australian children's film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (of The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-In and Leprechaun fame.) Notable for being the big-screen debut of Nicole Kidman.

Two BMX bikers, P.J. (Angelo D'Angelo) and Goose (James Lugton) and a friend of theirs named Judy (Kidman) want nothing more than a BMX bike track to be built. To raise money, the three salvage a carton from the local docks. Inside they find some walkie-talkies, which they hope to sell. Unfortunately, the walkie-talkies are set to the frequency of a police station and were stashed on the dock by a gang of bank-robbers planning to use them to eavesdrop on the police. So a pair of Bumbling Criminals are sent to talk to the kiddies and get the walkie-talkies back. This culminates in a lengthy foot/car/bike chase about Sydney.


This film provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Title
  • Australian New Wave: One of the later examples.
  • Chase Scene: The climax involves a lengthy chase around Sydney, with stunts such as taking the BMX bikes down a water slide.
  • Cool Bike: BMX Product Placement is all over the place in this movie.
  • '80s Hair: Judy/Kidman.
  • The Family for the Whole Family: Kids pursued by Stupid Crooks, and outrunning them on bikes even when the bad guys are in cars.
  • Fat Bastard: There's the obligatory nasty fat kid who annoys the protagonists. He's even listed in the credits as "Fat Kid".
  • Free-Range Children: The young teen heroes ride all over Sydney without any parental supervision at all. And some of the characters in the bike cavalry are even younger, and equally unsupervised.
  • Kid Heroes: Well, actually technically young teens.
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  • Unabashed B-Movie Fan: Goose is a fan of slasher movies with titles like Kiss the Blood Off My Tyre Iron, and keeps regaling his friends (and, at one point, the crooks) with their plots.
  • Vehicle Title: Named after the BMX bikes the kids ride.
  • You Dirty Rat!: When Judy hides from the goons in an open grave, she has to deal with a huge rat at the bottom of it.