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BMX Bandits (1983)

Nicole Kidman , John Ley , Brian Trenchard Smith  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, John Ley, David Argue
  • Directors: Brian Trenchard Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GSVX76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The future Academy Award® winner made her movie debut at 16 years old as the pouffy-haired star of this action/comedy about a cache of stolen walkie-talkies, three BMX-riding friends, and the ruthless bank robbers who will pursue them through every graveyard, shopping mall, construction site and waterpark in New South Wales, Australia. It's a high-flying ride to adventure filled with wild stunts, cool BMX outfits, creepy innuendo, cheezy synth music, an obnoxious fat kid, and gobs of fast & furious fun. John Ley (Mad Max), David Argue (Razorback) and Bryan Marshall (The Long Good Friday) co-star with thrilling cinematography from future Oscar® winner John Seale (The English Patient) in this Down Under 80s cult classic from Ozsploitation master Brian Trenchard-Smith, the legendary director of Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-In and Stunt Rock!

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If We'd Grown Up In Australia,BMX Bandits Would Have Been Our Goonies. --Quentin Tarantino

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In a way, it's timeless 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Kidman can't hide from this masterpiece!!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-Ray is worth upgrading to 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
5.0 out of 5 stars mikeknox.com 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
4.0 out of 5 stars An 80's Classic on DVD July 28, 2006
By Noah
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
3.0 out of 5 stars so cheesy you gotta love it! July 16, 2004
By Kate C.
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
2.0 out of 5 stars KIDMAN FOR KIDS February 26, 2013
Format:DVD
This is one of the few Nicole Kidman films you would let your kid watch. What could be more cool than riding a bicycle with walkie-talkies hanging out with a kid named Angelo D'Angelo? And then you discover your dad's Playboys and its all over. In this film some kids discover a case of walkie-talkies that belong to a group of robbers planning a job. The police want them too as the kids are stepping all over their police band. Can a group of kids on bikes thwart the robbers and the police?
Ho-hum. Nothing like scenes of kids riding bicycles, popping wheelies, and out smarting adults.

I am not sure kids today would even be interested in this film. And if you're a perv who stalks Nicole Kidman, you might want to pass on this one too unless you are also into bicycle seats. This was made before Kidman could act.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality July 4, 2011
By Stosh
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wish we hadn't paid to rent this old movie.
Published 3 days ago by CLD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Transaction!!! Perfect! Thanks!!!
Published 1 month ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic '80s cheezy production and the first movie ever featuring BMX bikes.
Published 2 months ago by Grant L. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome flick
Published 3 months ago by Paul M. Monaco III
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Gift for my Son from the Past
This was a favorite of his then now 20 plus years later, gives him a chance to share it with his son & daughter and enjoy lots of laughs
Published 6 months ago by James E Eschert
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This DVD smelled burned when it came, the picture is below VHS grade even on a smart TV, and the sound is like recorded on an old Emerson tape recorded from 1982. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Purvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie, great movie for the whole family to watch!
Love this movie! Great movie to watch with the family. Bought this one for a gift for a young girl who rides bmx, she will love it!!!
Published 11 months ago by Donna lofgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
My 7 year old son thought this movie was awesome. He always asks to watch it and after he always wants to go for a bike ride. Great movie for people who love bmx
Published 13 months ago by Michael Schmidt
3.0 out of 5 stars Film quality is not that good on streaming video
Got this movie on Amazon instant video.
Looks like the movie was just captured from a bad VHS copy.

Other notes: non-letterbox, no captions
Published 16 months ago by Lava Tiki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for in it's 30's
I've never seen tge movie till now I didn't know what to expect but hell Tarantino said it's a movie to see if ur into bmx or the goonies lol it had everything similar an adventure... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Randy
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