Friday, October 23, 2009

Recumbent Bicycles in the Movies

    Recumbent Films    
  1. Bugsy Malone (1976)
    Features a whole load of pedal-power cars, a bit like a Brox with a big body built around it.
    Childrens musical set in the days of prohibition Chicago. Songs dubbed.

  2. Americathon (1979) Set in the not-so-distant future a desperate president tries to save the USA by raising money with a telethon! Features several hpv's and a prone tandem. Directed by Neal Israel.

  3. The Shining (1980)
    Based on the novel by Stephen King and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson shines as aspiring novelist Jack turned psycho by the ghosts in an isolated hotel but it�s seven year-old son Danny (Danny Lloyd) that gets to noisily ride a recumbent tricycle, looking rather like a Razor Scream Machine, around the corridors of the hotel.

  4. War Games ( ? )
    Professor Falken riding an Avatar with a Zzipper fairing.

    Such much for this. He does not ride a recumbent or any other bicycle if the film.

  5. Brainstorm (1983)
    Science-fiction film in which Christopher Walken's character, Michael Brace, is twice seen riding an Avatar 2000 recumbent bicycle.

  6. A Night in Heaven (1983)
    Stars Christopher Atkins and features an Easyracer Tour Easy.

  7. 2010: Odyssey Two (1984)
    (Often known as, ten past eight) Early on the hero is seen jogging down a road with son riding alongside on a recumbent trike approximately the size of Rutland. Sequel to classic science fiction film 2001: a Space Odyssey.

  8. Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991)
    stars Kevin Costner, previously seen in American Flyers doesn't actually feature any recumbents but Neil Coles from Kilham, nr Wooler, Northumberland, was an extra in it and he rides a Ross Festina and his partner Sue rides a Kingcycle!

  9. The Fire Next Time (1992)
    Global warming, eco-disaster movie set in the near future. Initially set in Louisiana with occasional glimpses of fully faired recumbents. Later stars Craig T. Nelson and Jurgen Pruchnow are seen riding a pair of LWB Linears with ASS.

  10. The Flintstones (1994)
    Features a working, yet slightly stoneaged looking recumbent trike.
    Live action version of the original cartoon.

  11. Mixed Nuts (1994)
    Comedy with Steve Martin. Possibly a Rans Rocket makes an appearance.

  12. Get on the Bus (1996)
    Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. Directed by Spike Lee. Various SWB�s are seen.

  13. Who am I? (1998)
    �Ngo si sui.� Jackie Chan directed and starred in this comedy action film about a secret agent who loses his memory following a helicopter crash. At one point he rides one of two wholly different recumbents. It's generally reckoned to be either an HP Velotechnik Streetmachine or a Kingcycle, or maybe an M5, Challenge, Optima or even a homebuilt. Opinions differ as to which.
    I recently saw this film on TV. There are two recumbents featured; a red, USS bike ridden by some bloke which I very briefly saw out of the corner of my eye and the bike Jackie rides.....
    A yellow, USS, bicycle with 20/700C wheels made by M5 called the 28/20. The rather unique rear suspension is the giveaway.

  14. The Straight Story (1999)
    There is a sequence when a group of cyclist pass Straight's ride-on mower. The group includes "more than one" recumbent. Directed by David Lynch

  15. Bicentenial Man (1999)
    A faired BikeE makes a brief appearance.
    Robin Williams stretches his skills playing an android called Andrew. Andrew the Android? Doh!

  16. The Lathe of Heaven (2003)
    Based upon a book by Ursula K. Le Guin, this is a remake of a 1980�s TV Film. Set in the future, James Caan plays a psychiatrist whose dreams alter reality, as do those of a patient. In the first few minutes of the movie they show a recumbent tandem and a bunch of people riding other recumbents... apparently, in the world of the movie, recumbents are the normal bicycle transportation used by everyday folks.

  17. I, Robot 2004
    Wil Smith chasing a robot that thinks killed someone.
    An the start of the film he chasing a another robot. In the city the an lots of bicycles include recumbent tricycles and bikes. 

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