If you grew up in the 1980s, then you probably remember a movie called BMX Bandits (1983). And because the film was Nicole Kidman‘s first starring film role, it continues to get extra attention compared to other BMX movies like RAD.
Decades later, the 1983 movie is still a cult favorite. BMX Bandits was recently re-released on DVD and continues to completely sell out on Amazon.com.
Is BMX Bandits worth buying? Or should you just Netflix it? Let’s take a walk down memory lane.
After a group of friends BMX bikes are destroyed during a freak supermarket parking lot accident (don’t ask), P.J., Goose and Judy (Nicole Kidman) decide to go fishing. But the kids end up catching more than they bargained for, when they discover a sunken big orange box full of illegal Police walkie-talkies. After a small debate, P.J., Goose and Judy decide to sell the walkie-talkies to their friends to pay for brand new BMX bikes.
But the kids soon discover that they aren’t the only ones using the walkie-talkies. A group of bank robbers were planning on using the walkie-talkies to listen in on the Police. And the robbers want their walkie-talkies back by any means necessary.
Can P.J., Goose and Judy use their BMX skills and walkie-talkies to save the day without any help from the Police? Of course they can!!! Otherwise we wouldn’t have a movie.
BMX Bandits Promotional Campaign
If you think the plot sounds cheesy, just wait until you see the advertising campaign promoting the release of BMX Bandits.
Here’s a great 1980s BMX Bandits commercial that ran on TV.
Nicole Kidman also did several TV appearances promoting the film, including an Australian show called “Young Talent Time” (1971-1988). She even got to sing along with the kids in the audience.
BMX Bandits Artwork
Here’s a mix of promotional artwork for BMX Bandits. The images below include the original movie poster, the VHS jacket and some newer art from DVD releases.
- This was the original movie poster. The phrase “A High Flying Ride to Adventure” might be one of the worst movie taglines of all time.
- Did you know BMX Bandits was part of the “Cinema Club”? Oh boy!
- Ooh la la! The French version! Le Gang Des BMX (The Gang of BMX).
- Get ready for a wild ride!
- Nicole Kidman looks so confused in this picture.
Is it worth watching?
Even though the plot for BMX Bandits involves two of the most iconic items from the 1980s: BMX bikes and walkie-talkies, this is by no means a “good” movie. But it was nominated for 4 Australian Film Institute awards.
The acting in BMX Bandits is amateur, the plot is absolutely ridiculous and even the BMX “stunts” aren’t very good. If your kids can tolerate older movies, then they might enjoy it. Definitely not a good date night movie. But if you want to see a young Nicole Kidman riding a BMX bike and laugh your ass off, then grab a drink, sit down, and enjoy.
NERD NOTE: Nicole Kidman was born 20 June 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii.