BMX Bandits - Review

WISECRACKING KIDS Angelo D\'Angelo, James Lugton, and Nicole Kidman in BMX Bandits | BMX Bandits, Nicole Kidman

Before she appeared on America's radar in Dead Calm, or became Mrs. Tom Cruise, or won a Best Actress Oscar, Nicole Kidman was a frizzy-haired 16-year-old popping wheelies inBMX Bandits (1983, Not Rated, 1 hr., 28 mins.). Just out on Blu-ray, the Aussie action-adventure is one of those wonderfully awkward before-they-were-stars curios you'll want to check out to see how a gawky tomboy with a Vegemite-thick accent blossomed into one of Hollywood's biggest A-listers. The film's no great shakes; it's a Down Under Goonies wannabe about three wisecracking kids shredding on their bikes as they're chased by bungling bank robbers. But the baby-faced Kidman is easily the best thing in it. When it's over, be sure to check out the Extras, where a teenage Nic is interviewed on the TV show Young Talent Time. Radical! B–

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