Taglines: They’re burning up the streets!
After a successful Sydney bank robbery at the “Montgomery Street Bank” where they grabbed $101,586 (with the robbers wearing pig masks and brandishing shotguns), the man in charge, The Boss (Bryan Marshall), plans a further and larger payroll robbery for two days later worth at least $1.5 million, hoping that he can trust his less-than-competent gang headed by Whitey (David Argue) and Moustache (John Ley) to do the job properly, with anyone who doesn’t answering to him.
Two young BMX experts, P.J. (Angelo D’Angelo) and Goose (James Lugton), meet Judy (Nicole Kidman), who is working as a trolley collector at the Warringah Mall during the school holidays in order to be able to buy her own BMX bike, and accidentally get Judy fired from her job when they crash into trolleys pushed away by the local “Creep” (Brian Sloman).
The three go out in Goose’s dad’s runabout on the harbour searching for cockles to sell in order to fix their own crashed bikes, as well as getting Judy her own, and stumble onto and steal a box of police-band walkie talkies (all the way from the US of A, according to The Boss) that the bank robbers were hoping to use to monitor on police traffic. Ironically, after stealing the box, the kids pass Whitey and Moustache who are on their way in their high-powered motorboat to pick it up.
BMX Bandits (released as Short Wave in America) is a 1983 Australian adventure crime drama film starring Nicole Kidman, David Argue, John Ley, Angelo D’Angelo, James Lugton, Bryan Marshall, Linda Newton and Peter Browne.
BMX Bandits – Short Wave (1983)
Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Nicole Kidman, David Argue, John Ley, Angelo D’Angelo, James Lugton, Bryan Marshall, Linda Newton, Peter Browne
Screenplay by: Patrick Edgeworth
Production Design by: Ross Major
Cinematography by: John Seale
Film Editing by: Alan Lake
Costume Design by: Lesley McLennan
Music by: Colin Stead, Frank Strangio
Distributed by: Filmways Australasian Distributor, Umbrella Entertainment
Release Date: December 22, 1983