BMX Bandits (1983)




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Three BMX-riding Australian teenagers discover a hidden stash of stolen goods and find themselves in trouble with the criminal. This action film uses the teens' efforts to avoid capture as a peg for numerous chase sequences, featuring much stunt BMX riding.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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David Argue
as Whitey
John Ley
as Moustache
Bill Brady
as Police sergeant
Chris Hession
as Heavy 3
Ray Marshall
as Foreman
Alan McQueen
as Workman
Bryan Marshall
as The Boss
Linda Newton
as Police Woman
Brian Sloman
as The Creep
Guy Norris
as Heavy 2
Peter Browne
as Police constable
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Critic Reviews for BMX Bandits

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The baby-faced Kidman is easily the best thing in it.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Obviously made on a TV budget, the plot is weedy, and the film is saved only by some neat stunts and the splendour of the Australian landscape.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

1980s teen bike adventure with sustained menace, peril.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Common Sense Media

The Aussies sure have a way with chase films, keeping the moves motivated and logical, with no gratuitous cars flipping over and burning.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
TV Guide

... Trenchard-Smith directs the BMX action with high energy and gets a lot of personality and camaraderie from the teen actors.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011

Just hand Trenchard-Smith explosives, an anamorphic lens, and a game cast, and he'll whip up something appealing, preferably with a saucy Aussie wink.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011

Audience Reviews for BMX Bandits

BMX Bandits is a mediocre action film that simply fails to really entertain. Directed by director Brian Trenchard-Smith, this is not one of the director's best films. That belongs to Dead-End Drive-In. I was looking forward in seeing this film, and it started off well enough to be an amusing film, however by the end of the film, everything seemed to fall apart. Smith is a good director, however here makes a film that just doesn't deliver anything truly memorable. The film ends up being quite silly and has that strong 80's vibe to it. By today's standards, it looks quite dated. If you love low budget action films that are quite cheesy, then this is a film for you. This is a film that should have been much better, and it have an interesting idea, but it just ended up being wasted due to a lacking script and bland performances from its cast. The film's biggest problem is that it ends up being all over the place, and it tries to pack way too much content in its short run time. The chase scenes were well executed, but the storyline suffered and I think that if Trenchard-Smith would have focused more on the plot as well as the action, then BMX Bandits would have been a standout cult film. As it is, this isn't his strongest piece of work. I've seen worst films than this, but nonetheless this is a mediocre affair that doesn't demand multiple viewings. Smith has made better movies during his career, even if the film isn't that good, the BMX chases are cool to watch and it's the film's saving grace from being an absolute train wreck of a film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Pretty bad little Aussie teen film. It's one long chase, with a bad ending.

Aj V
Aj V

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Another 80's Cult Classic.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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