Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

Writers:

, (based on a screenplay by)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Skin Deep (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Drama set in the glamorous but bitchy and cut-throat world in the fashion industry.

Directors: Mark Joffe, Chris Langman
Stars: Briony Behets, James Smillie, Bartholomew John
Wills & Burke (1985)
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Parody of historical epics that focuses on real-life Australian explorers William John Wills and Robert O'Hara Burkes, who tragically tried to cross the Australian continent from the south, to the north, a distance of 3,250 km.

Director: Bob Weis
Stars: Garry McDonald, Kim Gyngell, Peter Collingwood
Chase Through the Night (TV Movie 1983)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of harden criminals on the lam take refuse in the badlands of the Australian outback. When they come across a small settlement they take hostages in case the law shows up. But are ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Rubie
Stars: Ron Blanchard, Brett Climo, Lyn Collingwood
Turkey Shoot (1982)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Deviants are held at a rehabilitation fortress until they're set into a deadly game of survival, in the hopes of returning to world society.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig
Emerald City (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A couple move to Sydney from a small town, and soon become lured by the bright lights of the big city. Colin, the scriptwriter husband, is corrupted by his editor and then falls for his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Jenkins
Stars: John Hargreaves, Nicole Kidman, Chris Haywood
The Bit Part (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Brendan Maher
Stars: Chris Haywood, Nicole Kidman, Katrina Foster
Rad (1986)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Bart Conner, Lori Loughlin, Bill Allen
Nightmaster (TV Movie 1987)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

Steve Beck (Vince Martin) is a Karate instructor, Robby Mason (Tom Jennings) his prize student. Beck is using drugs to give him an edge. Guy Duncan (Craig Pearce) is Beck's drug connection ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Joffe
Stars: Tom Jennings, Nicole Kidman, Joanne Samuel
Windrider (1986)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

PC Simpson is an enthusiastic surfer. With the help of his father's company's engineer Howard he develops a high tech surf board for the coming world surf championship. But then he falls in... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Monton
Stars: Tom Burlinson, Nicole Kidman, Jill Perryman
Matthew and Son (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A widowed police surgeon tries to save the world at the same time as maintaining a bond with his teenage son.

Director: Gary Conway
Stars: Bruce Atkins, Douglas Bennett, Paul Cronin
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford
Dragon Flies (1975)
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Yu Wang
Stars: Yu Wang, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Whitey
...
Moustache
...
Angelo D'Angelo ...
P.J.
James Lugton ...
Goose
Bryan Marshall ...
The Boss
Brian Sloman ...
The Creep
Peter Browne ...
Police Constable
Bill Brady ...
Police Sergeant
Linda Newton ...
Police Woman
Bob Hicks ...
Heavy #1
Guy Norris ...
Heavy #2
Chris Hession ...
Heavy #3
Norman Hodges ...
The Drunk
Tracy Wallace ...
Buxom Lady (as Tracey Wallace)
Edit

Storyline

Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Four friends find a treasure... and big trouble! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 December 1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Short Wave  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 1,050,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally set in Melbourne, director Brian Trenchard-Smith had the script rewritten to shift the action to Sydney, a city better suited to filming action sequences. See more »

Goofs

When the bike is seen going down the water slide, the pedal on the underside has been removed. See more »

Quotes

Judy: [to kidnappers] And they all turned into Zombies!
See more »


Soundtracks

I See Boys
(uncredited)
Performed by Petra Gaffney
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Best. Movie. Ever.
28 February 2004 | by (Austin TEXAS!!!!!) – See all my reviews

If I was on my deathbed, and my loved ones were gathering around me, and if they asked me if there was anything I wanted to do before I died... I would reply, "Show me BMX Bandits, one last time." Obviously, this will never happen, as I have no loved ones, and in fact will probably die alone. But enough about me.

BMX Bandits is an unparalleled achievement in cinema history, ranking right up there with, "Out of the Body" and "Birth of a Nation." It basically features a nubile NIcole Kidman (in tight BMX pants ;-) ) and her band of mates, Goose, and P.J. Confused? That's because those names are BMX lingo. This film is jam-packed with BMX tomfoolery and other high speed things. Look for a wizend David Argue (remember his role in Gallipoli?) as the colorful crook, "Whitey." Watch as him and his partner-in-crime, John Ley (Mustache) are unable to kill three kids on bikes. Even with a muscle car. And a trunkful of guns. Thrills and chills ensue. Scary Graveyard Hide-and-go seek! Foam fertilizer! Male short shorts! Complicated movie-within-movie descriptions. And one extremely awkward kiss. This movie is not to be missed.


45 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?