RAD (1986)




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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.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Nelson Entertainment


Talia Shire
as Mrs. Jones
Jack Weston
as Duke Best
Lori Loughlin
as Christian
Bart Conner
as Bart Taylor
Ray Walston
as Burton Timmer
Bill Berry
as Luke's Dad
Laura Jacoby
as Wesley Jones
Alfie Wise
as Eliott Dole
Marta Kober
as Becky
H.B. Haggerty
as Sgt. Smith
Georgie Collins
as Luke's Mom
Maureen Thomas
as Flag Lady
Carey Hayes
as Rod Reynolds
Chad Hayes
as Rex Reynolds
Gordon Signer
as Mayor Coop Jenkins
Martin Aparijo
as BMX Stunt Rider
Bev Wotton
as Woman Buys T-Shirt on Street
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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

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


Some "B" movies turn out to be classics! For me, Rad is so much more than what you see. This is one of those movies that has the power to take me back to 1986...so much nostalgia and excitement dreaming about BMX and "old-school" bikes like the Haro Sport! I would buy this on blu-ray instantly!

Jason G
Jason G

This movie is honestly unwatchable. It's like Troll 2 except less realistic. There's a scene where he goes riding over log piles in a mill yard...but you can see the plywood runway the whole time. I guess if you grew up in the '80s it'd be nostalgic, but otherwise don't bother.

Dallas Schneider
Dallas Schneider

Can't believe critics gave this a zero. Cru Jones rips up hell track. The dance scene alone deserves a 100 percent score.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson

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