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Favorite Film about Bicycles

Old 03-07-02, 05:31 AM
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Favorite Film about Bicycles

I've thought about this several times and realized there has to be dozens of bicycling movies.
I'm torn between Tim Burton's classic "Pee-wee's Big Adventure " and the New York bicycle messenger movie "Quicksilver " with Kevin Bacon.
"Blade Runner " has a short sequence of something that looks a lot like a Critical Mass ride but it's definitely not a bicycling movie but a cool movie none the less.
I guess your favorite scene in a movie with bicycles applies too, like the ending to the Great Muppet Caper.
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Old 03-07-02, 05:49 AM
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I'd like to find and re-watch Breaking Away. If I remember right, It had a cool scene where a guy was drafting a semi in traffic and achieving an amazing speed, shocking a bunch of motorists.

It also spawned a TV series by the same name, starring the teen heart-throb Shaun Cassidy.
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"The Bicycle Theif" has to be the greatest bike-theme movie, although it really isn't about cycling.
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What about American Flyers - Kevin Costner and a guest appearance form Eddy Merckx!

http://us.imdb.com/Title?0088707
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Originally posted by Moose
I'd like to find and re-watch Breaking Away. If I remember right, It had a cool scene where a guy was drafting a semi in traffic and achieving an amazing speed, shocking a bunch of motorists.

It also spawned a TV series by the same name, starring the teen heart-throb Shaun Cassidy.
Yep. He (David was the character's name) reached 60 mph when the semi got pulled over for speeding. I just watched that last weekend. A friend had it on tape from when it was on the Bravo cable channel. Check Your Local Cable Listings, as they say.

Personally, I preferred American Flyer.
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Revealing my BMX roots here, but I loved "RAD"! It was such a bad movie, and the acting was horrible, but every once in a while I'll see it and just laugh at myself and remember how excited I was when it first came out!

"2 seconds" is pretty bad as well.

Do movies like "Kranked" and "Drop" count?

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American Flyers does it for me.

(But what about BMX Bandits with a very young Nicole Kidman?)
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Whenever this topic comes up I always say "BMX Bandits" which I believe to be Nicole Kidman's first movie.

It was made in 1983, so it is pretty bad!

Breaking Away had a lasting affect on me. I haven't seen it for 15 years but I still remember the scene where
the cyclist is tailgating the semi-trailer. Something I do enjoy when the opportunity arrises.

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Old 03-07-02, 11:29 PM
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Old 03-08-02, 03:05 AM
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I liked Breaking Away (esp the bowling scene) but my favorite is "A Sunday in Hell"

Great stuff, that.

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My vote is still with Pee Wee, but I saw a preview for a movie called Bejing Bicycle (or something like that) that looked really interesting. I doubt it will be in wide release (it's one of those film festival type deals that don't usually go into wide release), but I'll post my thoughts on it once I see it.
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A Sunday in Hell is indeed magnificent - possibly the best cycling doucementary ever made??
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There is a new 'art film' out called Bejing Bicycle (no, it's not the company that makes wal-mart bikes!). Sounds interesting.
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Beijing Bicycle is good, about 2 boys sharing a bike because they've both 'bought' it.

I've just remembered a French (Belgian?) film released here in France last year, that was great - Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert. Hilarious account of a fictional 70s domestique that takes in everything from doping to Paris-Bordeaux.
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I found this page that lists movies involving cycling in one form or another. Thought you might find it enlightening. Some on the list are ones I'd never heard of.

http://www.massbike.org/info/movies.htm
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I enjoyed the Triplets of Bellville.

The Bicycle Thief is a great suggestion.

Breaking Away is cheesy but it rocks.
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Was Breaking Away Dennis Quaid's first movie?
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Breaking away.. have it on vhs, wouldnt mind finding it on DVD, great movie. I have american flyers too, but I dont really like it, esp compared to Breaking Away.
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Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001
I enjoyed the Triplets of Bellville.

The Bicycle Thief is a great suggestion.

Breaking Away is cheesy but it rocks.
Another vote for Triplets of Belleville. The music was awesome, and the cyclists, with spindly arms and mammoth legs, were the bicycling cliche writ large.
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The Harder They Come is not a bicycle movie, but it is the theft of the bike he spent 3 wks building from old parts that sets Ivan off on his life of crime.
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright
Breaking away.. have it on vhs, wouldnt mind finding it on DVD, great movie. I have american flyers too, but I dont really like it, esp compared to Breaking Away.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...581544?ie=UTF8

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Triplets of Bellville for sure...
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Originally Posted by MadCat
I've thought about this several times and realized there has to be dozens of bicycling movies.
I'm torn between Tim Burton's classic "Pee-wee's Big Adventure " and the New York bicycle messenger movie "Quicksilver " with Kevin Bacon.
"Blade Runner " has a short sequence of something that looks a lot like a Critical Mass ride but it's definitely not a bicycling movie but a cool movie none the less.
I guess your favorite scene in a movie with bicycles applies too, like the ending to the Great Muppet Caper.
Just a correction, Quicksilver was in San Fran as I recall, regardless it was a great flick. Loved the no holds barred messenger race scene.
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