Cult Film Club Episode 16: Rad!

On this episode of the Cult Film Club hosts Shawn, Pax and Jaime feel the Thunder in our Hearts as we Break The Ice, and break out our BMX bikes doing bunny hops and frame jumps.

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We’re talking about the classic 1986 sportsploitation flick Rad starring Bill Allen, Talia Shire, Lori Loughlin, Bart Connors, Jack Weston and Ray Walston. Directed by the legendary Hal Needham (Smokey & The Bandit, Cannonball Run,  Megaforce), the movie centers on BMX junkie Cru Jones who only wants to get radical on his bike with friends Becky & Luke, challenge the local cop to races in a lumber yard, and get his morning paper route finished by 7:15am. All his mom wants is for him to go to take his SATs and get into college. But when Duke Best, head of the Mongoose bicycle company, partners with the local businesses to bring a professional BMX track called Helltrack to Cochrane, Cru sees and opportunity to do what he does best, which is riding his bike. But before he can race, Cru has to prove that he can qualify, which is easier said than done when Best, along with his stuck up hot shot riders Bart Taylor and Rod & Rex, the Reynolds Twins, keep putting up barriers he has to hurdle. Along the way he learns who his true friends are, as well as winning the heart of beautiful BMX champion Christian, but does he have enough thunder in his heart to beat Helltrack?

We talk about our favorite scenes, amazeballs dance sequences, the awesome soundtrack, and what makes this film still work after almost 30 years.

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  • http://crookedninja.com/ Cody Mix

    Finally!

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Hope you dig this episode Cody, I had a blast taking point on the hosting duties. Totally went balls out!

      • http://crookedninja.com/ Cody Mix

        GNARLY!

        • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

          Seriously thinking about installing a giant Kix bowl in Jaime’s back yard. Maybe convert it into a hot tub or something…

          • http://crookedninja.com/ Cody Mix

            Why stop there, make your own hell track!

          • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

            When I move up to Baltimore that is going to be the first thing I suggest to the home owners association. Tear out the jungle gym and install Helltrack. You know, for the kids!

  • http://crookedninja.com/ Cody Mix

    I made this for you Jaime

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare
    • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

      That just made my day!

      • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

        I’m still trying to figure out how Hal Needham managed to film Pax, Me and you dancing back in the 80s….

        • Paxton Holley

          LOL! Again, I wish I had those unitard suits. AMAZING.

          • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

            Sounds like something we might need to outsource to CT’s wife. Just saying, Christmas is coming…

          • Paxton Holley

            ON IT.

  • Brad Sammut

    Great episode! Shawn I can tell you love this flick. Admittedly I’m like Pax and Jamie, I’ve only seen a few scenes, but never all the way through. I’m going to check it out now though. Sadly I’m more familiar with the soundtrack…. which maybe isn’t much of a shock.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Yeah, I totally like like this movie. In fact, my perfect day would be watching this, Transformers: The Movie (1986) and The Monster Squad back to back to back.

      At least this film is readily available via youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btMuEvjpAXA

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

    Who do we have to go ass sliding with to get this movie a DVD release??

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Lol, last I heard Talia Shire was campaigning to get the rights back, so maybe her and her nephew Nic Cage…

    • DUSTINDUSTRIES

      Looks like it`s available here along with RAD screen printed shirts. http://www.rad-dvd.com/

      • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

        Yeah, still a bootleg there, but that’s still the best available right now. I actually just ordered the Rad Racing T-shirt…

  • rtaylor

    I got to meet 2 riders who were in the beginning part(the skatepark riding) of rad. When i was younger at a camp that had bmxfreestyle one of my counselers was the guy who crashed a lot in the helltrack race(it’s hollywood mike miranda his second crash of the day”).

    If you like rad you should check out “joe kid on a stingray”

    http://vimeo.com/43059413

    • rtaylor

      And one of my buddies had the orig soundtrack on cassette, we built a half pipe in my backyard and we would play it non stop on my boombox while riding.

      • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

        Awesome!

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Wow, this looks like it’s the BMX equivalent of the Powell Peralta Autobiography doc. I need to check this out…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCUstFvjIrM

      • rtaylor

        For bmx there 2 cult classics rad and aggroman a bmxfreestlye film that came out in 1989 that starred legendary dave voelker and a rookie pro by the name of matt hoffman
        Aggroman Start.wmv

        • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

          Awesome, I’ve never seen this!

  • Cru Jones

    Radical!

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks! And now to eat some Kix and screenprint some shirts… ;)

  • DUSTINDUSTRIES

    I enjoyed watching the movie back in the 80s and got a BMX buzz right after watching it. The Garbage Truck scene seems a little dangerous and unnecessary looking at it now. John Farnham is indeed from Australia, he had many a hit song in the 80s but I don`t remember the RAD songs hitting the charts here. Radical movie and RAD podcast.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks man! Yeah, some of the morning delivery stuff is ridiculous and dangerous, but I guess that’s half the fun in a way ;)

  • WMegginson

    The timing of this review couldn’t be more perfect for me! I’ve been a coach at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy for 6 years, and we just had an overnight lock-in with our Boys team watched this film. This was my favorite movie when I was a kid, so when I was hired on as a coach the first thing I did was told Bart how much I loved this movie.

    Bart did win 2 gold medals in the 84 olympic games and was supposed to have a more active role in the film but broke his leg just before filming started, which is shy you only see below his knees twice. One time at the dance and the other time at the end of the movie when he is congratulating Cru. If you look closely you can see that one pant leg is bigger to hide his cast.

    He says he still has people come up and talk to him about how much they loved this movie, the most interesting and probably tallest person was Shaq! Be on the lookout for an audio commentary hitting the internets with all the stars (except Lori Laughlin) they recorded a couple years ago and will release once they have all the legal and copyright issues cleared up.

    In the mean time here’s the RAD poster I look at every time I go to the water fountain

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Wow WM, that is really cool. I’ve checked out the Bart Connors school and it looks like you guys are doing some great work! Also, I’m so jealous of that poster!

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  • Jeff Somogyi

    Thanks for bringing this movie to my attention – wow.

    The weird thing I was wondering about: What’s up with the redacted credits?!