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Born to Ride (1991)

PG | | Action | 3 May 1991 (USA)
The US Army recruits a delinquent biker to train their new motorcycle squad for an important mission.

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Graham Baker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stamos ... Cpl. Grady Westfall
John Stockwell ... Capt. Jack Hassler
Teri Polo ... Beryl Ann Devers
Sandy McPeak ... Col. James E. Devers (CO, 36th Div.)
Kris Kamm ... Bobby Novak
Keith Cooke ... Broadwater
Dean Yacalis Dean Yacalis ... Cartucci
Salvator Xuereb ... Levon
Justin Lazard ... Brooks
Thom Mathews ... Willis
Garrick Hagon ... Jim Bridges, State Department Official
Matko Raguz Matko Raguz ... Esteban
Lisa Orgolini ... Claire Tate
Ed Bishop ... Dr. Tate
Slavko Juraga ... Capt. Rosario
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The US Army has decided to modernize its cavalry, so Colonel James E. Devers (commanding the 36th Division) is ordered by a general to convert a horse unit to motorcycles, but his men are easily outclassed as riders by a pack of rowdies, especially Grady Westfall; when he is arrested risking a long jail term, he's given one way out: enlisting as Corporal, assigned as driving instructor. Unit commander Captain Jack Hassler reviles his unorthodox boyish methods as undermining discipline and tradition, not to mention flirting with the Colonels daughter Beryl Ann, but he's needed, especially when he unit is ordered to prepare in two weeks for a secret mission to free nuclear scientist Dr. Tate and his daughter Claire from captivity in a castle in general Franco's fascist Spain that can't be reached by parachutists, under cover of a motorcycling festival in nearby Bilbao. Grady didn't want to participate, but when he realizes they're just not up to it, he comes along, and finds the mission... Written by KGF Vissers

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He was born to break the rules.

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Action

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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The Recruit See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia See more »

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Jadran Film See more »
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Good motorcycle movie - vintage Harleys!
6 June 2001 | by wayne-2See all my reviews

For what it is, this is a pretty good movie. I like both Johns -Stamos ("Full House")& Stockwell ("Christine", "Top Gun"). They both give strong performances. The love interest is OK, but this is more of a guy's movie than a good date movie. I love Harleys, and I hated seeing them paint over the "14 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer" with good old Army Olive Drab. There is a small history lesson here in that Harley-Davidson motorcycles played a key role in WWII. I don't know if the training was quite like this bunches! The movie kept my interest all the way through without getting slow anywhere, with good riding action sequences. I love looking at the demographics of the vote history - one 18 year-old man gave the movie a 10 (true bike lover, I guess). I wouldn't give it a 10, but I did give it an 8. I do not weigh every movie with the same scale. There are movies that were big-budget, with great actors, that you expect to be good so when they fail they fail big. (Star Wars - Episode I is my best example) I loved the first three SW movies, but I thought Episode I was weak in comparison. So it gets a lower rating from me than this movie. I expect more from George Lucas.


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