There are numerous movies that feature the bicycle as the storyline’s main subject. But we shouldn’t forget those movies where bikes have made cameos that went on to be iconic moments in cinema history. Here are 10 of the most memorable bike moments in film.
We all remember the famous “Here’s Johnny!” scene from the Stanley Kubrick classic ‘The Shining. However, there are two other aspects of the film that made a big impression. One is how somebody could simply hand over their keys to an abandoned remote hotel to someone who looks like Johnny without having some kind of instinct that he might just go off his head.
The other memorable aspect of the film is the sequence that features Danny on his tricycle as he makes his way around the hotel in some of the most interesting riding shots ever taken in cinema. It might not technically be a bike but it still needed someone to pedal it so I’m including it on the list.
All cyclists have ‘phoned home’ at some point, needing a lift after their bike had suffered a mechanical issue that left us with no choice. That’s just one thing that connects cyclists with Stephen Spielberg’s iconic extra-terrestrial because he seemed to enjoy a bit of bike riding, as well; at least while sat in a basket with a blanket wrapped around him with his friend Elliott doing all the work.
That bike was a customised Kuwahara KZ-1 BMX. The brand even promoted a replica version after the success of the film, although if you wanted to ride the bike from the actual film, you’d need to get in touch with Tom Meighan from Kasabian- the singer bought it for £10,000 in 2007.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch (played by Paul Newman) hopped on a town bike in the film’s cycling scenes. The actor even performed almost every trick himself. He tried to impress the object of his affection Etta Place (Katherine Ross) by standing on the saddle and riding backwards, among other tricks. That was before he crashed through a picket fence. If he’d have worn a cycling helmet, he could have stopped worrying about the prospect of raindrops falling on his head.
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Pee-Wee Herman has never been known for his style. He’s known for being irritating, freakish, and bizarre, yes, but never stylish. You have to respect his choice of transport, however. The film, which is a take on the ‘The Bicycle Thief’, is about Pee-Wee’s bid to recover his customised red and white cruiser. It might actually be the coolest bike ever to ever appear in film, which may explain why it sold for a cool $36,000 on eBay.
For those kids who don’t take the school bus, there’s the Sledgehammer. In what might be the funniest bicycle scene in cinema, Napoleon looks on in wonderment at the Sledgehammer’s shocks, pegs, and ‘lucky’.