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  • Actors: Angelo D'Angelo
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009XRZGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BMX Bandits (View amazon detail page) ASIN: B0009XRZGA Binding: DVD

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It's even available on Blu-ray!
Robert I. Hedges
This is a kids movie that adults will enjoy as much as the young ones will.
Stosh
It's a great kid's action movie.
A. Saggese

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Randle Rector on December 22, 2010
Format: DVD
OK, I'm 54 years old and what am I doing watching a movie like this... Remember how as a kid you liked to watch more adult-themed movies so you could fantasize about what it would be like when you grew up? Well, I sometimes watch a film like this so I can fantasize about what it was like when I was a teenager. It's one of my guilty pleasures. The only thing I don't miss is the teenage angst. Fortunately this movie didn't have too much of that, it was just fun.

The BMX sport which later became a craze was just getting started when I was in high school, and it was interesting to watch here. The film is not Oscar material, and some would consider it a hokey teen exploitation movie. Thankfully there wasn't any noticeable bad language or explicit sex. One reviewer said it fits into the "so bad it's good" category. Maybe, but for me anyway it seems a little better than that.

Also, as an American I found it more interesting to watch because it's an Australian-made film. I bought it in a five-movie collection DVD I found in the bargain bin at WalMart, and I wasn't really paying too much attention to who was in it when I popped it in to relax one evening. As I was looking at the girl, I thought, "She looks kind of familiar with her Aussie accent... hey wait...could it be? It's Nicole Kidman!" Her presence made me keep watching to see how she handled her earliest film role.

The criminals in the movie start off as real badasses, with ominous music playing in the background (which later becomes amusing). A couple of them quickly degenerate into "Home Alone" style bad guys ineptly chasing the two dudes and Nicole all over the city (including going down the tubes of a water slide!). The teenagers could now identify them, and had taken the walkie-talkies (remember them?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Saggese on July 20, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was hysterical when I caught it on cable as a kid. My brother and I watched it hundreds of times.

Nicole Kidman was unknown when it came out. Now that she's a big star, she probably wants it to be forgotten, but I'm glad it isn't.

It's a great kid's action movie. Anyone who's ever been on a BMX bike will love it, and if you have a sense of humor you'll find David Argue absolutely hysterical.

It's a guilty pleasure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Buckley-Golder on January 7, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'll leave reviews of the movie to other reviews. My review is about the question of whether or not to upgrade your DVD copy to a Blu-Ray copy. The answer is: YES.

You wouldn't expect an 80s-era, low budget movie to be improved on quality-wise with a Blu-Ray release, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised. They can't work miracles, obviously -- the audio isn't going to pop in a way it never did before -- but the colours in the picture, and the quality of the picture are way beyond what I would have expected for a movie like this.

Obviously, it's not going to look as good as a brand-new release, but it's easily the best transfer of this movie to date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mike knox on April 12, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Only the cooliest BMX movie ever with ugly 14 year old red headed Nicole Kidman who rides her bike with a gang of aussie kids getting chased by the mob. she's bossy and she knows how to ride a bike.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Noah on July 28, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The quality is as good as it was in the 80's and the DVD is a great quality and value for the price. This is the classic BMX movie starring Nicole Kidman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate C. on July 16, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
80's nostalgia-- BMX bikes are never featured on "I love the 80's"!
i saw this when i was a kid and then picked it up a few years ago on a bargin rack. Nicole Kidman is a long way displace from her oscar speech, but you gotta love this movie. Cheezy music and stunts, the outfits are painful, but the story is so goofy-unbelievable you gotta love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stosh on July 4, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Please note that the people here complaining about the poor quality of this movie are NOT talking about this latest release of the film. The new version is in anamorphic widescreen, and is flawless.

I have seen previous versions of the film, and they all had distorted full-screen pictures. That has been corrected, and the movie looks terrific.

As for the movie itself, it is a lot of fun, and seeing Nicole Kidman at 15 is a treat. This is a kids movie that adults will enjoy as much as the young ones will. Highly recommended.
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Format: DVD
When I saw this was on DVD I just had to relive it. Every kid in the 80's had a BMX bike which they rode to school in Australia, I don't know how old I was when I originally saw this movie but watching it today, bike stunts and a few other things don't quite live up to the "awesome" memory of the stunts I had, there's lots of riding down stairs and escalators, but overall I'm still glad I watched it again. The waterslide scene I'd remembered all these years was great to see again. Watching BMX Bandits today the main bad guy henchman kind of reminded me of a cross between Billy Idol and Bill from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. This is the type of film where at no time even when they are talking about killing the kids or trying to run them down with their car do you ever believe any of the dim-witted henchman will actually harm the kids. The movie was rated G when it released, it's definitely a kids' film but that doesn't as an adult you won't also enjoy it.

Nicole Kidman may well be the only actor in this that went onto much of a career, I mean if you go to the IMBD page every other actor has no photograph. But they all did an all right job, I particularly liked the actor who played the fat rich bully kid, he did a good job. Most Australian TV shows in the 80's had a fat kid in them who was either full of himself or a bully and always got his comeuppance constantly throughout the film or episode. Kind of like the character in the American film Goonies but a little different. Huge walkie talkies where you could actually poke someone in the eye with the long aerial and other retro stuff from the 80's make this a great film to remember the past.
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