Top 5 Bike Movies
Even a small selection of films shows what a variety of roles cycling can play. Anyone who - like us - takes the view that cycling is more than merely a means of transportation, will find a selection of bike movies here that you must see as a cycling enthusiast. Turn the popcorn machine on, bring on the next rainy weekend...
Ladri di biciclette [Bicycle Thieves] (1948)
No bike movie list is complete without this classic. Anyone who has ever been dumfounded to discover that their wheels have just been swiped, will identify well with the main character in this film. Unemployed father Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) is promised a position as billsticker – for which a bicycle is absolutely required. Broken-hearted he returns home, where his wife quickly pawns the bed linen in order to get a new bike. However this is stolen on his first day of work and, together with his son Bruno (Enzo Staiola), he sets out in search of the thief, which leads them across Rome. The film is a masterpiece of Italian neorealism and was awarded many international prizes.
Cyclists Special (1955)
The short film Cyclists Special from the British Transport Films series really puts you in the mood for a countryside getaway. The merits of a cycling trip by train are vividly depicted for viewers. Magnificent: the background music. Even more magnificent: the narrator. Anyone who is playing with the thought of joining in with a Tweed Run can let themselves be inspired here.
Breaking Away (1979)
Breaking Away is about four young lads who have just finished school and don’t quite know what’s going to happen next. Whilst his friends are thinking about looking for a job, Dave (Dennis Christopher) prefers to dedicate himself to cycling and learns Italian in order to capture girls’ hearts. He almost drives his father crazy with his obsession with anything to do with Italy.
The four working class lads get mixed up ever more frequently with a group of students and have to put up with snarky comments about their background. At last the big finale comes with the Little 500 – an annual bike race at the university, that actually takes place to this day.
BMX Bandits (1983)
Anyone into 80’s disco and who still wants to see Nicole Kidman with a perm is well advised to see BMX Bandits. The bike movie is about three enthusiastic BMX riders who inadvertently take on criminals. Although it may be debatable whether the film is really worth seeing, you should at least take a look at this clip. As fashion trends always come back around, there is only one question to ask: When will we finally see these crazy outfits on our high streets?!
Dummy Jim (2013)
The story of Dummy Jim is based on the book I Cycled into the Arctic Circle, written by the deaf Scott, James Duthie. In 1951 he set out to cycle from Scotland to Morocco. However he never made it to his goal. Instead he cycles for 4,500km over three months to Norway, up to the Arctic Circle. James, who everyone only ever calls Dummy Jim, dies in a tragic road accident in 1965. The film, that was filmed over a period of twelve years, retraces his extraordinary life story. The official website itself is a small marvel.