Bicycles in Film: Some of Tinseltown’s top two wheelin’ moments

Story by Darja Pilipovic, photos courtesy of Google Images

Bicycles in Film: 6 memorable moments in Tinseltown on two wheels

Bicycles have been a recurring theme in movies for years and years. Although there are too many films featuring bicycles to make a complete list in just one post, here are a few well-known (and a couple less-well-known) films involving or including bicycles to get started.


The Goonies (1985)

There is no end to the amount of anxiety I feel while watching this scene. If you've seen this classic '80s movie, you probably know what I'm talking about. Josh Brolin's character is riding a tiny bicycle with training wheels (can't remember why) down the road, minding his own business, when his nemesis zooms up alongside him in a car and grabs his hand. Brolin's character Brandon must pedal furiously to keep up before eventually getting thrown off a curve and into a ravine. There is a life lesson in all this.

The Transporter 3 (2008)

The third in the Transporter franchise, this film is yet again about a guy transporting random stuff in his car. Despite appearances, there is quite a memorable scene involving a bicycle. The transporter guy (I can never remember his name) must ride a small bicycle in order to catch up to a car (he clearly hasn't seen “The Goonies”) for reasons I won't divulge in case you're interested in watching this film, and ends up cycling on streets, boulevards, through busy marketplaces, and on rooftops. It's an interesting and welcome break from the car scenes that 99% of this movie is - and so many others are - made up of.

 The Wizard of Oz (1938) 

A pretty classic scene among bicycle-themed scenes. This movie has so many iconic and memorable scenes, but there is one in particular that everyone remembers upon watching, but few associate immediately with the film. That is of course the scene with the green witch riding her bicycle to Dorothy's house. There's something so eerie about the way the bicycle bobs up and down as she approaches, almost as if it's about to lift off and fly away to Oz.

 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The bicycle lifts off and is instrumental in "saving" the alien protagonist, so obviously this one is worth the mention. (Image at top.)

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

This is a unique film with a completely unexpected and unusual take on cycling. This French animated feature is a comedy about a Tour de France cyclist who winds up getting kidnapped, and the efforts of his grandmother and three aged jazz singers (the Triplets of Belleville) to find him. It has no dialogue, tons of weird plot twists, and a jam session involving a refrigerator, vacuum, newspaper, and bicycle as instruments. Obviously this film is a must-see for most cycling enthusiasts.

Premium Rush (2012)

This film is set in New York City and is all about bicycle couriers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bike messenger who accidentally gets caught up delivering a package for the mob. Lot's of bicycles and adrenaline. If you don't already appreciate the work bicycle couriers put in to deliver the goods, you will after watching Premium Rush. Although the film doesn't exactly set up NYC as the friendliest city for cyclists, don't be afraid. In an interview with dandyhorse magazine, Austin Horse (who was a stunt man for Joseph Gordon-Levitt) said that he feels NYC is pretty safe city for cyclists -- traffic congestion slows cars down which makes it easier and safer to navigate.

Darja is our new dandy web editor. She's an occasional writer and photographer, and tea enthusiast. She enjoys riding her bike to the park and watching films, especially nature documentaries.

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