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Silver Dream Racer

It's about motorcycle racing. But among all the biking footage in a yarn about a 'revolutionary' prototype which challenges and, natch, licks all world championship comers, there's not one memorable shot of the machine in action.

With:
David Essex Beau Bridges Cristina Raines Harry H. Corbett Diane Keen Lee Montague

It’s about motorcycle racing. But among all the biking footage in a yarn about a ‘revolutionary’ prototype which challenges and, natch, licks all world championship comers, there’s not one memorable shot of the machine in action.

That’s a big pity, as the model – a genuine prototype built by Britisher Barry Hart – will certainly whet the appetites of two-wheel fans. But the film’s action sequences prove generally disappointing.

Plot [from an original story by Michael Billington] is routine, but no worse than many, and the acting does favors for the dialog. Popstar David Essex is a natural as the ingenuous-looking Cockney fellow who can turn on a sneer when needed. Beau Bridges is fine as the loud-mouthed American Goliath against whom David pits his derided British mount.

Silver Dream Racer

UK

Production: Rank. Director David Wickes; Producer Rene Dupont; Screenplay David Wickes; Camera Paul Beeson; Editor Peter Hollywood; Music David Essex, John Cameron (dir.); Art Director Malcolm Middleton

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: David Essex Beau Bridges Cristina Raines Harry H. Corbett Diane Keen Lee Montague

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