Interesting bikes spotted in films and documentary movies - up for debate

Bicycle somewhere in Indonesia / Indian Ocean region (in documentary movie about the last untouched tribal cultures)


  • Mark Reeder riding a black veteran bicycle in West-Berlin during the 1980s
    Footage from the magnificent documentary:
    B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)

  • edited August 15

    Barbarossa Campaign 1941 - original archive footage

  • A glimps of the first Japanese war film material in colour shown 60 years after it was recorded

  • Interesting stuff Bikeinfantry! Hard to identify any of the bikes as the images are not clear enough...

  • edited August 16

    Scenes from The Triplets of Belleville (2003 ‧ Drama/Adventure ‧ 1h 22m), an animated masterpiece centering around French bicycle race culture adding the necessary humor and caricature features

  • edited August 16

    Catharsis dog scene White God (2014 ‧ Drama/Fantasy ‧ 2h 1m), a contemporary Hungarian movie by director Kornél Mundruczó winning Prize of Un Certain Regard, Antalya Film Festival Viewer's Award (International), Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg.

  • edited September 20

    49th Parallel (1941)

    A hint of ideology is represented in this shot. The indians still on horses, while tourists
    already riding bicycles enjoying the parade put up for them:

    49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third film made by the British writer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was released in the United States as The Invaders.[4] Despite the title, no scene in the film is set at the 49th parallel, which forms much of the Canada–United States border.[4] The only border scene is at Niagara Falls, which is further south. - Wikipédia

  • edited September 20

    Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1991)

    Already in the beginning of the animated series (Original run: April 13, 1990 – April 12, 1991;
    with 39 episodes) Nadia rides a bicycle on the streets of Paris celebratimng the World Fair. Her future love interested Jean spotting her for the firtst time is stunned, overwhelmed. Nadia is an intense protagonist of the whole adventure set in a futuristic-steampunk-Jules Vernesque sci-fi scene with picaresque like characters befriending the central figures; mainly children. The story follows simple characters growing into mental adults in a time of inventiveness and war. Nadia in particular is representing developement through her pacifist nature highlighted by feminist principles, a vegetarian diet policy and stubborn nature...

    PICTURES of posters and covers from th early 1990s and later:

  • edited October 1

    Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

    Early on in the film we see protagonist Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy) heading home to find his apartment door open...

    Besides driving a broken down Chevrolet Nova, it seems Axel is in fact a cyclist.

  • edited October 24

    Harrison Ford in movie Sabrina (1995). A romantic comedy-drama about Sabrina Fairchild, who was played by Julia Ormond. Earlier version (1954) starring Audrey Hepburn.

  • edited October 24

    History Channel - The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

  • Legendary Sin Cities: Paris, Berlin and Shanghai (TV, 2005)

    This is from the Berlin episode!

  • Korean War in Color (Video 2001)

  • Apollo 13 (1995) - American space docudrama

  • edited October 29

    Bakemono no ko (2015) (meaning "The bakemono's child")
    The Boy and the Beast 2015 ‧ Fantasy/Action ‧ 2 hours

    Kyuta slips into an alternate universe where he is raised by the bear-man, Kumatetsu. Kyuta is eventually thrust into an adventure that spans both worlds.
    Initial release: July 11, 2015 (Japan)
    Director: Mamoru Hosoda
    Japanese: バケモノの子

    Young boy Ren while hiding between bicycles in an underpass is found by creatures from a parallel world inhabited by monsters and spirits - some to turn Gods:

    Ren is willingly sneaking after the creatures wearing hoodies and long jackets as diguise:

    The later grown Ren trained by Kyuta and Kumatetsu receiving another name Kyuuta is looking for his long lost father in the world of humans with more or less success at first contact:

    For more info:



  • edited October 30

    Mary to Majo no Hana

    Mary and the Witch's Flower
    2017 ‧ Fantasy/Adventure ‧ 1h 43m


    Picture source (above):

    Little girl discovering secret powers by finding a rare herb with the help of witch-friendly countryside cats. Neighbouring boy - riding a bicycle - becomes allie and plot device...

  • edited October 30

    Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
    1991 ‧ Drama/Action ‧ 1h 38m

    Heroes taking of for second half of the action packed adventure, while one of them steals the motocycle of his lover's will-be husband. In the background we see suburbian family activity, father teaching son to cycle... in subliminal way this is already foreshadowing Marlboro Man's lover's future as family person instead of motorhead police lady.



  • edited October 30

    Un long dimanche de fiançailles
    (A Very Long Engagement)
    2004 ‧ Drama/Mystery ‧ 2h 14m

    Picture source:



  • edited November 6

    “Meet the future; the future mode of transportation for this weary Western world. Now I’m not gonna make a lot of extravagant claims for this little machine. Sure, it’ll change your whole life for the better, but that’s all.”
    Bicycle salesman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969


    (Take in consideration all the emblematic representation of the bicycle in each poster!)

  • edited November 13

    Ghostbusters II
    1989 ‧ Fantasy/Action ‧ 1h 50m

    A misterious ooze or slime (Psychomagnotheric Slime, also known as Mood Slime and Psycho-Reactive Slime) as mentioned in the movie gets attached by purpose to the Baby buggy of little Oscar (played by two child actors actually: the Deutschendorf brothers; out of which Hank unfortunately died with 28). The buggy is mobilizing itself running across the traffick jam of New York City...

    ... knocking over a cyclist as well.

    The next shot where we see a bicycle is during the investigation of the scene mentioned above. The Ghostbusters and fellow protagonist Dana Barrett crossing the avenue; this is where a cyclist is riding by in the background.

    Official poster:

    Thanks to:

  • edited November 13

    The King's Speech
    2010 ‧ Drama/History ‧ 1h 59m

    The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist...

    (bicycles appearing in the background)

    Official poster:

    Info and poster source: IMDb

  • edited November 13

    The Rock
    1996 ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ 2h 16m

    Directed by Michael Bay. Starring: Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery.

    In one scene towards the climax of the movie between two shots regarding the actual launch of a chemical weapon (rocket) from Alcatraz targeting the bay area of San Francisco we can see a cyclist for 2 seconds representing peace and a tranquil atmosphere in town...

    Official poster:

    Poster source:

  • edited November 14

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    1990 ‧ Drama/Science Fiction ‧ 1h 35m

    In the beginning of this robotic animation spectacle of the early 90s we get an introduction to the crowded streets of Manhattan, New York City. A critical contrast hint towards the later introduced main characters who live underground, but without issues to always go around somebody. Mainly free.

    In this visual intro-exposé we can spot one bicycle dropped on the corner of a DISCOUNTS shop saying General Merchandise:

    Official poster:

  • Slumdog Millionaire
    2008 ‧ Drama/Crime ‧ 2 hours

    This is a critical and tough social drama about class struggle, child labour, slums and the contradictions of modern media. There's a scene in the beginning where slumdog kids are being chased by the local police and a bicycle appears (pictures below). Not much later during a interrogation the protagonist (older) Jamal - played by British actor Dev Patel - refers to a bicycle theft.

    One of the original posters:

  • edited November 21

    Where Eagles Dare
    1968 ‧ Drama/Action ‧ 2h 38m

    British special ops and and an American agent (played by Clint Eastwood) trying to infiltrate the HQ of Nazi leaders up in the Bavarian Alps. Smith leading the team (great acting by Richard Burton) faces a vast variety of difficulties. We all know who the 2 charcters are staying alive in the end...

    Bicycle spotted in the beginning of the movie in the German village where the mission starts. 34.58-35.00 minute!

    Original poster:

    Poster sources:

  • La Vie en rose
    2007 ‧ Drama/Romance ‧ 2h 21m

    Tragic-fascinating life story of Edith Piaf from before her artist name became a brand. A wild cinematic biography with drinking and love till death. Her character is portraid by Marion Cotillard through a well rounded fascial play / mimics and body language. The film shows the superstar's background and struggles in life from being an orphan among prostitutes, later a circus child, a beggar, a bar singer, a concert hall performer, a star, a party lady, an addict, a cripple.

    During the depiction of her teenhood when discovered singing on the streets of Paris there is a man with a bicycle walking by pushing the bike...

    The policeman interrups the performance. That' where the bicycle can be seen...

    Original poster:

    Poster picture source: IMDb

  • edited December 8

    Split Second
    1992 ‧ Indie film/Science Fiction ‧ 1h 30m

    Cult film from start, this sub-genre piece is combining beloved 1979-1992 elements found in hit sci-fi productions. A 7 million USD low budget shouldn't scare away anybody. (in comparison Alien was 11M USD and Blade Runner 28M USD)...

    A flooded version of future London is under attack by a strange creature. The protagonist is a burned out lone wolf. He has to battle a creature presumably killing his colleague in the past. Although investigator Stone is up for the job, he has to ask himself if he faces supernatural elements.

    The adventure starts by entering a hideous night club somewhere just above the water level. Infested by rats and in a Biblical state of alertness inhabitants just wanna have some fun...

    As Stone is asking for coffee - which he is addicted to besides chocolate - and goes to make a call we can see the interior decoration of the bar. Bicycle parts hanging from the ceiling!

    The story continues with stone finding his murdered ex-partners ex-wife who he had an affair with in the London Necropolis. The two take off to Stone's apartment, where we can see more bike wheels and such. Although Stone is a Harley Davidson fan, he has bike parts all around his dirty flat.

    There's some stress as the monster follows them...

    ... but finally Stone is faced with the fact that he has a new partner who he molds into another person, a real thoughboy! ( I won't spoil that part) Together they take down the beast!

    Original posters:

  • edited December 8

    The Karate Kid
    1984 ‧ Drama/Sport ‧ 2h 7m

    Mr. Miyagi is giving a lesson to young Daniel on ethics and power. First step to become responsible is cleaning the sensei's dojo. (Just like in Bakemono no ko -2015- posted above)

    The parallel and circulatory moves Daniel has to learn to perform are somewhat foreshadowing the invocation of him riding a bicycle, with which he is arriving back next day. Mr. Miyagi meanwhile is trying to catch a fly with chopsticks.

    Original posters:

  • edited December 8

    Down by Law
    1986 ‧ Drama/Crime ‧ 1h 47m

    Serious - unserious artistic evidence of Jim Jarmusch's existence. Night on Earth (1991), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) and a handful of other movies mark his career.

    Down by Law is a black and white short epos of 3 different man being framed ending up in jail sharing the same cell.

    They have to learn to get along and already plan an escape from the county prison.
    Roaming around in the Mississippi delta ending up lost in the swamps they can only rely on each other. Finally getting to a road they enjoy signs of civilisation!

    After a short walk they happen to find a shop along the road. Here we can see a bicycle outside parked on the porch! Roberto is sent in only to find out the owner is Italian herself. The instantly fall in love.

    As Roberto isn't coming back for a while, the others Zack and Jack are checking out what's going! The are surprised that Roberto is already feasting with his new found love.

    They join and have a good time! She tells them they are in Lousiana near the border of Texas.

    Next day already dressed in Nicoletta's dead uncles clothes - she inherited this place from him - the boys are having breakfast. This is when Nicoletta talks about her bicycle. (since the 3 prisoners are still on the run) Zack asks her if she has a car by any chance.

    01:35:50 - Quote (she sais): "I only have my bicycle."

    There's a dance scene full a joy and passion in a lead back manner...

    ... and off the others go to find their own luck!

    Original posters:

  • edited December 12

    Crocodile Dundee II
    1988 ‧ Action/Action/Adventure ‧ 1h 52m

    Obvious continuation of the success movie from 1986. Not many would think, but if you have a closer look: these movies written mostly by Paul Hogan himself - playing Mick Dundee - were even nominated for best script! The first film had a budget of 8.8 million AUD, while the second - we are focusing on mostly in this exposé - already 15.8 million USD.

    Crocodile Dundee
    Crocodile Dundee II

    Let's talk about the 2nd episode! In regards to bicycles in Crocodile Dundee II we find multiple scenes where two-wheels show up. First in the idealistic approach to Mick as the is lecturing city kids about tracking... sharpening their skills a bit.

    They mention one of the boy's bike since Mick is imitating it's tracks in the playground sand!

    Soon his native New Yorker girlfriend Sue is "kidnapped by heavy dudes". In the scene where she is tossed into the limousine and they take off a pro cyclist is speeding up behind them:

    As Mick is blackmailed via phone, he realizes Sue dies if he doesn't act quikly. As he leaves the Manhattan apartment building a bike is parked at the entrance. He is a bushman knowing about the undercover cops following him...

    Original posters:

    poster source: imdb, pinterest

  • edited December 12

    1996 ‧ Drama/Indie film ‧ 1h 48m

    Picture source:

    Story of famous street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (played by Jeffrey Wright) and his tragically short, but interesting rize to fame through gutters and the art halls of Andy Warhol. A homeless graffiti guy ending up in circles with Keith Haring, Grace Jones etc. and ending his life by orverdoze. You can also see him in the indie-film Dowtown 81- a movie showing us a half-fictional New York of the early 1980s with tons of exi(s)ting performers from that period, especially musicians. Here how he really looked like:

    Picture source:

    Basqiat is trying to get Gina's number and starts sweathearting... she almost rejects but changes her mind.

    In the background there's a bicycle parked shown for a couple of seconds.

    Original posters:

    Poster sources: Amazon,

  • edited December 13

    Hamburger Hill
    1987 ‧ Drama/Thriller ‧ 1h 52m

    Survival overseas in the Vietnam of the boiling 1960s. A US infantry squad - U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" - spending 10 days in the Vietnamese jungle (May 1969). Music composed by: Philip Glass!!!

    More info:

    Budget: approx. 14 million USD
    Box office: 13.84 million USD

    "Coming out in 1987, one year after Platoon, the movie debuted at #5 and failed to recoup it's $14m budget." -

    Video Release: January 12th, 1999 by Live / Artisan

    Indeed if we take in consideration movies such Apocalyps Now! (1979) or Platoon (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (also released in 1987) "Hamburger Hill" is a clear attempt to depict events from a non-fictional perspective. In fact showing us the war from the angle of young man getting caught up in the action far from home.

    Considered to be the "Saving Private Ryan" of Vietnam movies, the statement is somewhat true. Still it has so much more content regarding everyday moments, tiny gestures, that it is closer to "The Pacific" (TV Mini-Series 2010 produced by HBO, Playtone, and DreamWorks), a companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers focusing on the the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider Pacific War.

    After a quik introduction with easter eggs such as the familiar shout "Good Morning Vietnam" (Good Morning, Vietnam the movie with Robin Williams playing radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is also an 1987 release):

    we get to see the leading characters having some fun after a debate among their soldiers.

    As troops are taught how to send and receive mail the first bicycle shows up:

    Due to the fairly bad VHS tape quality I have put circles to areas of interest on pictures:

    Dylan McDermott playing Lt. Frantzis introduced as a soldier...!... as well as Doc...

    ... during a debate we see another bicycle in the background:

    From here the story takes us deeper and deeper into the jungle and the mental problems caused by such an environment bombed continuesly...

    The personal conflicts of certain characters - Doc going mad, a kid fighting the other over some power batteries, one boy receiving news from his girlfriend to smile more in the pictures sent home, the other just before crying that her babe won't write anymore cause it's immoral - are all feeding into the tension rising regarding the taking of Hill 937, otherwise known as HAMBURGER HILL (16°15′11″N 107°10′29″E South Vietnam)!!!

    We get to the finale of the epos: a handful of soldiers actually make it alive to the top.
    Irony of the final shot: heavily wounded are transported down the ridge... others continue. Plenty of hills are waiting ahead...

    Original posters:

    Poster sources: IMDb, All About Movies,, eBay

    The real Hamburger Hill: Battle of Hamburger Hill, May 11-20, 1969


  • edited December 15

    Flags of Our Fathers
    2006 ‧ Film adaptation/Drama ‧ 2h 15m

    PART 1

    Based on the 2000 book of the same name written by James Bradley and Ron Powers about the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima.

    Official intro: "In February and March of 1945, U.S. troops fight and win one of the most crucial and costly battles of the war on the island of Iwo Jima. A photo of U.S. servicemen raising the flag on Mount Suribachi becomes an iconic symbol of victory to a war-weary nation."
    Initial release: October 20, 2006 (USA)
    Writers: William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay)
    Director: Clint Eastwood
    One of the OST songs is his work too:

    Flags of Our Fathers
    Written by Clint Eastwood
    Performed by Bruce Forman, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens, Andrew McCormack, and Graeme Flowers

    Budget:$90,000,000 (estimated)
    Opening Weekend USA: $10,245,190, 22 October 2006, Wide Release
    Gross USA: $33,602,376
    Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $65,900,249


    THE MOVIE takes us on a difficult journey regarding the actual flag raised and the 2nd replacing the one taken by a politician as a trophy. The boys working on the 2nd symbol to be lifted are photographed by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945.

    This is called Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima:

    Picture source:

    IN THE FIRST MINUTES of Flags of our Fathers we are introduced to the flashbacks and honest comments on the topic by veterans, basically talking about the D-Day of the Pacific. The famous picture is also explained to have survived despite some water damage - unlike most of Robert Capa's negatives after the D-Day landing as we all know -.

    The newspaper dropped by a kid is symbolic. The spreading of a myth is on it's way in full swing. This is our scene with a bicycle in it.

    Next sequence of the movie is all going back to the battle in detail. Some scenes in the bootcamp and already we wake up with the soldiers on board of the ships carrying soldiers to Iwo Jima, as it is pounded by cannons of the US NAVY!

    The landing is nothing, but easy since 12,000 Japanese soldeir dug themselves in on the island, which is Japanese soil, holy grounds!

    And they are shooting back!

    A fierce battle unfolds lasting for days and days in rain and at night!

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