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    • CommentAuthoruno-speedo
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009 edited
     
    My top favs are Paris Roubaix, Triplets of Belleville and A Sunday in Hell. What you got?

    "Triplets of Belleville"
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    I like Rad, Triplets of Belleville, The Bicycle Theif, and American Flyers.

    actually, we should play the triplets and Bicycle Thief soon in the shop.
    • CommentAuthoruno-speedo
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    I have Triplets of Belleville on DVD if needed. Is the bicycle thief set in China or something? It kind of sounds familiar.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    You just can't top Kevin Costner's mustache in American Flyers.
    I really want to see Triplets of Belleville, so I'd love to come watch.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    The Bicycle Thief was done in 1948 in Italy. It's my favorite classic film and it's not because it's bicycle related. it's always listed as one of the best films of all time.

    Dr.J, does Citizen Video have this film?
    • CommentAuthoruno-speedo
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Ah ok. I'm thinking about a different movie.

    Is my Youtube link working for ya'll?
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    The blues brothers. I'm sure there's a bike in there somewhere.:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    I'll have to bring students along if you screen The Bicycle Thief in the shop. That's indeed arguably one of the best films ever made. Italian neo-realist simplicity at its best. Its available at my library on DVD. I can't believe Breaking Away hasn't been mentioned - too obvious?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    i guess im just burnt out on Breaking Away.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    No love for Quicksilver? Not even from the fixie crowd?
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> billd:</cite>No love for Quicksilver? Not even from the fixie crowd?</blockquote>

    It was kind of cool, but also very much the 80's melodramatic stuff. Pretty in Pink with bikes, and crappy music.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    The main character is a bike messenger who rides a fixie. It even had a genuine top cyclist (Nelson Vails).
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    all the cycling movies were in the 80's. why aren't there any being made today???

    we have have a version of Point Break with fixed gear hipsters or downhillers :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    I have a penchant for terrible movies, so Quicksilver is definitely on my list. And thanks to this thread I can probably add some more that aren't hideously acted psuedo love stories. ;)
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Quicksiliver is one of the best unintentionally hilarious films of the 80s. Kevin Bacon rules! One of my favorite recent films about non-motorized wheels has mostly skateboarding - Wassup Rockers. Bikes would have made the journey shorter and more fun in Lord of the Rings.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Rad beats all the bike films of the 80's. bikes with a heavy serving of cheese. so cool.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
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      CommentAuthormissler
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Breaking Away and Hollentour (Hell on Wheels).

    I'm in love with Erik Zabel. Too bad he's retired from racing. :(
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    RAD! I forgot about that. How is it that in the 80s, kid shows were on prime time (A-Team, Airwolf, Knight Rider, etc) and a movie about BMX was at the multiplex? Great time to be a kid.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Rad because of Lori Loughlin

    American Flyers because Rae Dawn Chong and Alexandra Paul
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Rae Dawn Chong was cute as heck in that movie. it's hard to believe she's the daughter of Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong.
    • CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    Hey, anyone ever see the Japanese anime series Over Drive?
    [[_linker_]]
    Kinda weird because the manga version was two seasons long, but the video is crammed into one. Still it might be worth a look for the hell of it. I think I have all the episodes in one form or another. Could be an ongoing thing. Beijing Bicycle. Also not the Quicksilver, Rad type of thing.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    i hated Beijing Bicycle. it's a horribly boring version of The Bicycle Theif.

    i can see you as the anime type :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
     
    I finally watched the Triplets of Belleville. Enjoyed it thoroughly. The triplets were quite resourceful...eating frogs and what not.

    Also watched Breaking Away. Still a bit confused on how a bike could catch up to a semi on the highway. I guess it is possible after talking to Mr. VC...but still surprising.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009 edited
     
    haha. no, i could never go freeway speed without gravity assist. that movie has a good amount of corny.
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    American Flyers was the first bicycling movie I'd seen. I remember towards the end they climb Mt Evans, highest paved road in North America. The mountain tops out at 14,260', the road about a hundred feet lower. Was really cool seeing it.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
     
    Not necessarily my favorite, but definitely a cycling movie worth the time is 2 Seconds.
    • CommentAuthormatt t
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
     
    Tom@VC:Rad because of Lori Loughlin


    Damn it! You beat me to it!

    "You over-rotated."

    "No $h1t."

    Plus it's the best because the final race takes plane on HELL TRACK....:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2009 edited
     
    "On Any Sunday." Definitely betrays my advanced age, but this is the flick that got us all out on our Stingrays flying off stairs at UCSD, crossing up, and generally trying to bust the MX moves of Belgian stars Roger DeCoster and Joel Robert.

    I'm surprised that no one mentioned "The Flying Scotsman," the story of Graeme Obree's pursuit of the hour record, how he got screwed by the UCI and nearly succeeded in committing suicide.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2009 edited
     
    ray333:I'm surprised that no one mentioned "The Flying Scotsman," the story of Graeme Obree's pursuit of the hour record, how he got screwed by the UCI and nearly succeeded in committing suicide.
    I just wandered into this thread for the first time in a long time and was going to mention that one until I got down to your post. :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2009
     
    .

    ^That's a good one. I always think about how he fought off the bullies with his bike, using it as a very literal weapon.
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    Just watched "American Flyers" again last night. I haven't seen it in years. Funny how I understand it a lot more now, and could relate to it far more than I had before. The terrain they traversed looked quite spectacular and I'll probably ride there at some point.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009 edited
     
    billd:The main character is a bike messenger who rides a fixie. It even had a genuine top cyclist (Nelson Vails).


    I was trying to remember that rider's name. Needed to show the GF someone with legs as big as mine :-)
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    What about BMX Bandits?

    Not because of the movie, but because it's one of Nichole Kidman's first flicks.

    Nichole Kidman in BMX Bandits

    Best Movie Review Ever:
    A masterpiece of cinematic quasi-magic-realism, very much in thrall to Godard and Truffaut's aesthetic, replete with a distantiating Verfremdung that evokes Brecht at his most polemically abstruse. The spectator is at once him/herself simulacrum (or indeed fractured cultural mirror) and bearer of celluloid epiphany in this disquisition on unceasing motion, which evokes image as thief (or "bandit" - highwayman) of desire in Debord's ideologically moribund "society of the spectacle". The BMX - the "cycle" - becomes a metonym for life itself, turning as if a wheel on the caprices of youthful abundance and fecundity, to end its superficial existence as a superannuated fad must perish, in a dwindle to aged redundancy. The very nature of recreational cinema is thus called into account; through a mise-en-scene that purposefully and self-reflexively explodes notions of suture and consequent artistic rupture, Bandits holds forth against its own, revolutionary coups de theatre, challenging, distorting and toying with our perceptions of classical justice, the "natural", and the sublimely revolving (yet easily punctured) inner-tube of carnal temporality: thus "spoke" Zarathrustra.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
     
    Beautiful satire! But the reviewer spelled "Zarathustra" wrong. And why opt for the German spelling when the English "Zoroaster" is a lot easier. Furthermore, the proper translation of the German "sprach" is the archaic "spake," although "sprach" is proper Old English or Anglo-Saxon. See what you started, Nietzsche!

    I had a student once who was Zoroastrian. His parents were immigrants from Iraq. When the other students assumed he was Muslim and called him a terrorist he laughed it off. He was a good sport!

    Time for Monty Python's Philosopher Song! One, two, three, four...
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    Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!

    This is probably the first bike movie that indicated how the WCF changed rules many times to keep "newcomers" from dis-gracing reigning champions...On a side note


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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2010
     
    Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!


    I just caught some of that on Versus-- the guy who played Obree was Sick Boy in Trainspotting!
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2010
     
    Cecil:
    Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!


    I just caught some of that on Versus-- the guy who played Obree was Sick Boy in Trainspotting!


    As well as Angie Jolie's first husband. They met filming Hackers.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2010
     
    As well as Angie Jolie's first husband. They met filming Hackers.


    Nice work if you can get it.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2010
     
    markphilips:Just watched the "The Flying Scottsman" Graeme Obree is absolutely brilliant!

    This is probably the first bike movie that indicated how the WCF changed rules many times to keep "newcomers" from dis-gracing reigning champions...


    And not the first time by a long shot....



    In 1934 Francis Faure rode the 'Velocar' 45.055 km (27.9 miles) in one hour, breaking the 20 year old speed record held by Oscar Egg.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2010
     
    That is correct. Faure's and similar efforts resulted in the UCI ban on recumbents in competition, effective 1. April 1934. The Union Cycliste Internationale itself was founded in April 1900. Makers of the film "The Flying Scotsman" referred to the UCI as the World Cycling Federation in order to evade liability in case the leaders of the organization took umbrage (which they did) with their portrayal as micro-managing hard a**es in the film.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2010
     
    ray333: Makers of the film "The Flying Scotsman" referred to the UCI as the World Cycling Federation in order to evade liability in case the leaders of the organization took umbrage (which they did)
    Anything to keep non-DF and other innovative technologies out of the sport!
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2010
     
    As a sailor I understand the idea behind "single class" events, but what the UCI did to Obree was just blatant rule changing for the sake of depriving him of a metal.

    It's a GREAT film by the way.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2010
     
    My favorite scene is taking the hacksaw to the saddle.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2010
     
    As an official at championship events I have experience with the jigs that measure bike compliance. Exceptions can be made for riders with extraordinary dimensions. At 6'4" Magnus Backstedt was exempt from some of the stricter measurement restrictions, distance from saddle nose to handlebar center on his time trial machine for example.
    • CommentAuthoryoshi
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2010
     
    I love RAD for sure.
    For pure quality though, Il Postino is among my favorites.
    The protagonist literally gave his life to the movie.
    He died hours after they finished filming the movie.
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    Not a movie, but i love the bike dancing in this episode of the Flight of the Conchords:



    I enjoy, a lot, trying to emulate their bike moves....

    PS. The context for the scene is that the fruit stand guy won't sell Bret fruit because he is racist towards New Zealanders...
    • CommentAuthorzonal
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2010 edited
     
    What, no love for Pee Wee's Big Adventure?

    Jotted down titles mentioned in this excellent thread the other week and returned these pictured below yesterday (and Quicksilver the prior week).
    For bonus points, what video store has all these? (The last title reads 'Beijing Bicycle.')

    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2010 edited
     
    AllisonEquality:Not a movie, but i love the bike dancing in this episode of the Flight of the Conchords:



    I enjoy, a lot, trying to emulate their bike moves....

    PS. The context for the scene is that the fruit stand guy won't sell Bret fruit because he is racist towards New Zealanders...


    "Uckers?" A friend of mine in South Park says those are the tech guys from the cable companies who connect your house to the cable TV hookup and turn the connection on: the ones from Cox are the Cox Uckers!
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2011 edited
     
    Watched Off Road to Athens tonite on a Netflix DVD. I've seen this on the shelves but now I am eager to add this to my favorite cycling movies.

    Spectacular locations and race courses:
    Banos, Equador...Madrid, Spain...Houffalize,Belgium...Fort Williams, Scottland...Snowshoe, West VA...Schladming, Austria...Quebec,Canada...Calgary, Canada...Bad Goisern, Austria