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 track for them to engage in their sport 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 in 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 stalk 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:
- Adults Are Useless
- 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 in 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.
- 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.