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A 1986 movie about BMX racing, complete with a heavy amount of '80s slang, hairdos, and music. It stars a racer named Cru, who must choose between a qualifying spot on the upcoming Helltrack BMX race and his SATs toward college, both of which take place on the same day.

Not to be confused with the 2019 Double Fine Roguelike of the same name.

This film provides examples of:

  • The '80s: Fashions, slang and BMX racing. It's impossible to get any more 80s.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Mongoose Bicycling Company CEO is pretty much pure evil and rigs the bike races to promote his own riders.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Between Cru and Christian as they go have a day in the woods, throw rocks, and slide into a lake fully clothed.
  • Flipping the Bird: Everyone who's seen the film remembers Ray Walston flipping off the CEO.
  • Long List: The announcer of the big race spends about two minutes of screen time listing the names, home towns and racing teams of every single racer.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Duke Best initially declares that any resident who wants to can take part in the Helltrack qualifiers for a chance to compete in the big race. It's clearly just a ploy to placate any ruffled local feathers; when Cru actually manages to qualify, Best manufactures several previously-unmentioned rules designed purely to block him from racing by requiring company sponsorship.