Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-05-02, 12:22 PM   #1
manderax
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Missoula, Montana
Bikes:
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What Is Your Favorite Cycling Movie?

I can't remember the Title of mine, but it was the one with the "Cutters". Included the American who spoke French because of his envy of the French racers.

Know which one I'm talking about?

I also love the Tricycle race in "Revenge of the Nerds".
manderax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 12:54 PM   #2
manderax
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Missoula, Montana
Bikes:
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by Ba-Dg-Er
That would be Breaking Away.
Oh, yep, yep, yep... thats it. Thanks Ba-Dg-Er.
manderax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 02:46 PM   #3
velo
The Female Enduro
 
velo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Pennsylvania, United States of America
Bikes:
Posts: 1,185
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, since that's the only one I've ever seen, Breaking Away would have to be my favorite, too.
velo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 03:03 PM   #4
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by manderax
Included the American who spoke French because of his envy of the French racers.
No, he spoke Italian , ate pasta and sang opera. Only when he came face to face with dirty Italian riding tricks did he become Francophile.

Lets not forget that real classic of 1950s cinema, The Bicycle Theives.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 03:17 PM   #5
John E
feros ferio
 
John E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
Posts: 17,167
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by manderax
... Included the American who spoke French because of his envy of the French racers.
The story line was that he became an Italiophile after winning a Masi Gran Criterium in a local race. After becoming disillusioned with the Italians when one of the visiting team riders threw a Silca pump through his front spokes (ouch!), he became a Francophile when he an attractive exchange student from France. He even got his father, the stereotypical overweight used car dealer, to take up bicycling for exercise.

I really enjoyed the movie, although we have to forgive several technical errors, including going 55mph on the 42T inner chainring, while drafting the Cinzano truck.

Great music by Rossini, plus excerpts from Mendelssohn's Symphony #4 ("Italian"). I had alot of empathy for the protagonist, in the sense that I, too, was a horribly nonathletic kid who fortunately discovered and fell in love with bicycling.
__________________
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 03:30 PM   #6
manderax
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Missoula, Montana
Bikes:
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by MichaelW


No, he spoke Italian , ate pasta and sang opera. Only when he came face to face with dirty Italian riding tricks did he become Francophile.

Lets not forget that real classic of 1950s cinema, The Bicycle Theives.
Italian, thats right... thanks for the correction.
manderax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 04:47 PM   #7
JonR
Carfree since '82. Grrr!
 
JonR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I didn't know there were any others besides Breaking Away.
But then, I'm not only a pack rat, I'm an unwordly pack rat.
JonR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 06:54 PM   #8
A F Baker
TB Player
 
A F Baker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Central Kentucky
Bikes:
Posts: 239
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jon, what is an UNWORDLY pack rat? I thought you liked to read.

I haven't seen Breaking Away yet. My favorite cycling movie is still American Flyers . It was on last night on HBO. I saw the first half hour.

This topic shows up almost as much as Favorite Cycling Book.
A F Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 07:25 PM   #9
JonR
Carfree since '82. Grrr!
 
JonR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by A F Baker
Jon, what is an UNWORDLY pack rat? I thought you liked to read.
I'm not only an unwordly pack rate, I'mm an unworly pak rat with speling difficultys.
JonR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-02, 11:18 PM   #10
pat5319
Senior Member
 
pat5319's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Spokane WA
Bikes: Seven Axiom Ti, Trek 620, Masi cylocross (steel). Masi Souleville 8spd, Fat Chance Mtn (steel), Scwinn Triple Bar cruiser, Mazi Speciale Fix/single, Scwinn Typhonn
Posts: 1,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
MY fave?

"Stars and Watercarriers" hands down!!!!

Ride Real
Pat
pat5319 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 07:49 AM   #11
Calvin Jones
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: St. Paul, MN, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"20 Shades of Pink" 1976, with Eli Wallach

In a nut shell:
Married, middle aged dad fears growing old.
Buys a bike, gets obsessed.
Flirts with young women and racing.
Risks all, "...to win".

Only available in video now. Found in at
http://www.eonline.com/Facts/Movies/0,60,57879,00.html
Calvin Jones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 09:24 AM   #12
Palafo
Senior Member
 
Palafo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New York City
Bikes:
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My favorite bicycling movie is E.T. the Extraterrestrial.
Palafo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 09:31 AM   #13
chewa
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more
Posts: 1,902
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
what was the film on cycling starring Kevin Costner?
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 09:50 AM   #14
Campag Fetish Boy
I'm newly in love
 
Campag Fetish Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Wales
Bikes: Ribble Sportive 7005 Veloce
Posts: 178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
American Flyers!

Complete with the standard EEAMTER (early 80s American Movie Token Evil Russian).
Campag Fetish Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 10:47 AM   #15
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,710
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Kevin Costner movie was American Flyers.
Last night saw Quicksilver, Kevin Bacon as disillusioned
stockbroker type who becomes bike messenger.
Best part is when he and Larry Fishburn race
track bikes thru San Fransisco, jumping intersections
and catching some hellacious air.....right.

Marty
__________________
Sono pił lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 11:40 AM   #16
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
More cycling film info at
http://www.stlbiking.com/Movies.html

Who can forget Alexandra Paul as the hitch-hiking girlfriend in American Fylers . She later went on to become a Baywatch Babe, and a serious Triathalete.

http://www.alexandra-paul.com/
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 02:46 PM   #17
Palafo
Senior Member
 
Palafo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New York City
Bikes:
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Also, this foreign flick just came to US and is supposed to be good. It echoes another arthouse fave, "The Bicyle Thief," from Italy.
NY TIMES
FILM REVIEW; When You're in the Right, Obstinacy Can Be a Virtue

By A. O. SCOTT

The hero of ''Beijing Bicycle'' is Guei (Cui Lin), a young man from the countryside who finds a job in the
Chinese capital working as a bike messenger. On one especially stressful day, he arrives at a high-class
spa in search of a customer named Mr. Zhang, whom Guei interrupts in the midst of a massage. It turns
out that this is the wrong Mr. Zhang, and the mix-up culminates in a comical standoff with the
management, the summoning of uniformed security guards and a sarcastic piece of advice from a
receptionist: ''Try Zhang Yimou.''
Palafo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 02:47 PM   #18
Palafo
Senior Member
 
Palafo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New York City
Bikes:
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
additional excerpt of the review:

That Mr. Zhang is one of the best-known filmmakers of the Fifth Generation, whose movies, mostly set in
rural China in the recent and distant past, have been among the country's most prestigious cultural exports
since the mid-1980's. Wang Xiaoshuai, the director of ''Beijing Bicycle,'' is younger than Mr. Zhang,
part of a generation that has concerned itself with naturalistic, sometimes harsh depictions of Chinese
urban life. (Mr. Wang's previous film, an atmospheric Shanghai noir called ''So Close to Paradise,'' was
released in the United States last year.)


But the invocation of Zhang Yimou's name is more than a throwaway joke. Guei could be the male
counterpart to one of Mr. Zhang's peasant heroines, like the young teacher in ''Not One Less'' or the
indomitable women played, in at least a half-dozen movies, by Gong Li. He shares with them the virtue of
obstinacy. The other characters -- from his boss and co-workers at the Fei Da Express Delivery
Company to the gang of schoolboys who torment him -- pay repeated, grudging tribute to his incorrigible
stubbornness. When his bicycle is stolen, he sets off in search of it, an enterprise less like trying to find a
needle in a haystack than like looking for a particular bit of hay.

The bicycle, purchased from Fei Da for a portion of his weekly wages, is Guei's livelihood, and its
disappearance (just after the incident at the spa) may remind you of Vittorio De Sica's ''Bicycle Thief.''

Mr. Wang has updated De Sica's lyrical fable of urban poverty to the bustling, grasping streets of
contemporary Beijing, a city in perpetual and exhausting motion, where people are simultaneously trying
to scratch out a living and participate in the frenetic consumer economy. The bike eventually comes into
the possession of a petulant student named Jian (Li Bin), who values it as highly as Guei does, but for
different reasons. For Jian it is a way to impress girls and to fit in with his classmates. The money that his
father had promised would be spent on a new bike has instead gone to his stepsister's tuition, and the
actions Jian takes to get what he wants seem justified to him. Losing the bike, which its owner eventually
comes to claim, would mean, for Jian, a kind of social death, and he doesn't care that for Guei it might
mean something worse.

The conflict between the two young men, which reaches a climax of surprising brutality, develops slowly.
Mr. Wang has a graceful, almost classical sense of perspective. He positions his camera at a distance
from the action, using the mazelike alleyways of the city's poor districts to produce precise, painterly
configurations of light and shadow. ''Beijing Bicycle'' is at once somber and mysterious, comical and sad.
It shows just how lonely a crowded city can be.

''Beijing Bicycle'' is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned) for a few violent scenes.
Palafo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-02, 02:48 PM   #19
KevinG
Little Debbie Fiend Club
 
KevinG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Back To New Orleans Again
Bikes:
Posts: 697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There is a really good french film about a Messenger, "Cafe au Lait". Cycling is not the main theme but is some what prominant.

One of my Favorites is also "RAD" and 80's movie about BMX racing.

At all costs avoid a fairly recent movie called "The Messenger" it tauts itself as a modern "the Bicycle Theif". It was horrible.

"2 seconds" about a french DownHill racer is alright, rent if you see it but dont go out of your way to find it.
__________________
NADS #138
Braaaaaaaaap!
Go Medium Or Go HOME!!!!!
Bob Roll:
"Toour DAAAY Frantz!"
KevinG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-02, 01:46 AM   #20
LightBoy
hyperactive ferret
 
LightBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bikes:
Posts: 292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Despite previous threads expressing my dislike of cycling movies, I have had some time to think about it, and have decided that there is a possibility that perhaps they are not as bad as I had suggested. Onve I learn to ignore the obvious inaccuracies, I'm sure I'll grow to quite like them.

In anycase, I will now share with you my favorite cycling movie. It's actually not so much a cycling movie as it is a bike movie. By bike movie, I don't mean that it's about biking, but rather about a bike. More specifically, it's about a guy who takes off accross the country in search of his bike, and the wacky 'adventures' he has on the way. I suppose it's not really about a bike then, so much as it is about a guy that has a bike. Or rather a guy that used to have a bike. But I can't say that it's a movie about a guy. This isn't the "Favorite Guy Movie" thread. So I'm still going to say that it's a movie about a bike, and that will have to be good enough.

My favorite bike/looking for a bike/guy that has a bike/guy that had a bike/guy/bike movie is 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure.' I can't really explain it. All I can say is that Tim Burton plus Pee Wee Herman equals nightmares for the average six year old. But not in a horror movie kind of way; more of a 'what if Kubric make a kid's movie' sort of way.

If nothing else, that was one awsome bike.
__________________
Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to ride. Ride to work.
LightBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-02, 02:33 AM   #21
Rich
It's the fight in the man
 
Rich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Churton Park, Wellington, NZ
Bikes: Pace RC200 F2 (British Built!)
Posts: 1,209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hmmm,

I haven't seen too many bike movies, but of those I have, I'd rate 'Tread' pretty highly, with Hans Ray and Greg Herbold...those guys are a couple of jokers!

Rich
__________________
Making New Zealand a safer place :)
Rich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-02, 02:49 AM   #22
hunterseeker
Member
 
hunterseeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 49
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by LightBoy
...

In anycase, I will now share with you my favorite cycling movie. It's actually not so much a cycling movie as it is a bike movie. By bike movie, I don't mean that it's about biking, but rather about a bike. More specifically, it's about a guy who takes off accross the country in search of his bike, and the wacky 'adventures' he has on the way. I suppose it's not really about a bike then, so much as it is about a guy that has a bike. Or rather a guy that used to have a bike...

My favorite bike/looking for a bike/guy that has a bike/guy that had a bike/guy/bike movie is 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure.' I can't really explain it. All I can say is that Tim Burton plus Pee Wee Herman equals nightmares for the average six year old. But not in a horror movie kind of way; more of a 'what if Kubric make a kid's movie' sort of way.

If nothing else, that was one awsome bike.
ooooh! thanks for reminding me!

Pee Wee's Big Adventure is definitely my favourite movie with a bike in it. It's sort of a roundabout love story, boy has bike, boy loses bike, boy goes to great lengths to find bike...

waitaminnit. that sounds a bit like the plot of Beijing Bicycle. Which also sounds pretty good to me, by the way.
hunterseeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-02, 03:54 AM   #23
Buddy Hayden
Guitar Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
is a video a "movie" ?, chainspotting is a very good "bike" video, and it is British !, lots of cool trials riding ....... yeeeeaaaahhhh !
__________________
Velosophy#1: It is better to have a bicycle and no money , than money and no bicycle ! Velosophy # 2 : "Winning is simple, but not easy." #3: "Give a man a fish and he shall eat for a day , teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day"
Buddy Hayden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-02, 06:15 AM   #24
mike
Senior Member
 
mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Snowy midwest
Bikes:
Posts: 5,392
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The thin list of movies referenced on this thread is evidence that more bicycling movies are sadly needed.

Let me mention the movie "10-Speed".

Perhaps no other movie will bring you back to the 1970's bicycle fever better than "10-Speed".

It is hokey to be sure; a good movie to watch with a bunch of friends and a bucket of beer. Everybody will be sceaming and hooting.

Warning; The first 10 minutes are the best. If you aren't entertained by then, rewind and put in another movie.
mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-02, 06:25 AM   #25
Buddy Hayden
Guitar Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ok ......but .....there are a bunch of video's out there, that are cycling specific !!, be it down hill, cross country, trials, whatever !!, what are some of the favorites ????
__________________
Velosophy#1: It is better to have a bicycle and no money , than money and no bicycle ! Velosophy # 2 : "Winning is simple, but not easy." #3: "Give a man a fish and he shall eat for a day , teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day"
Buddy Hayden is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:55 AM.