RAD (1986)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Geoffrey Edwards, Sam Bernard
In Theaters:
Nelson Entertainment


as Mrs. Jones

as Christian

as Bart Taylor

as Burton Timmer

as Eliott Dole

as Duke Best

as Becky

as Wesley Jones

as Sgt. Smith

as Rex Reynolds

as Rod Reynolds

as BMX Stunt Rider

as Luke's Dad

as Luke's Mom

as Mayor Coop Jenkins

as Flag Lady

as Woman Buys T-Shirt o...
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Critic Reviews for RAD

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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."

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Any film calling itself Rad had best be taken with a grain of salt, regardless of its subject matter. As it happens, the subject matter of Rad constitutes probably the dorkiest storyline we've seen this year.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
HeraldNet (Everett, WA)

Conner's screen debut is inauspicious -- to put it kindly -- in the quality of both his acting and the material chosen, and someone else is obviously doing his riding.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Rad fits so snugly into Needham's oeuvre that it's unclear whether the movie is an excuse for the 8 minute BMX montage that opens Rad or he's just lazy about setting up the slobs vs. snobs beats in his 30 year-old-teenagers in high school magnum opus.

Full Review… | June 25, 2012

Audience Reviews for RAD


I remember this movie! Cheesy, but interesting.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Growing up in the time of the freestyler; this was our Bible. You have had to be in the times to appreciate.

Rikk Manzer

Great movie from the 80's, a buddy and I watched this movie 20-30 times. Now days may be a bit corney but hey, it is all about the great memories of child hood.

Jeff Duncan

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