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American Flyers (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 16 August 1985 (USA)
Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn't tell him that he has a brain aneurysm which... See full summary »

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Mrs. Sommers
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Muzzin
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Belov
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Leslie
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Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn't tell him that he has a brain aneurysm which could render him paralyzed or dead at any given moment. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus has to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities. / Features great views of the Rockies and an insight in the tactics of bicycle races. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Two brothers challenge the road. And life itself. [Video] See more »

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Drama | Sport

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16 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Die Sieger - American Flyers  »

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Naming the dog "Eddie" (in the 'training with Eddie' sequence) is possibly an inside reference to Eddie Borysewicz, who became the US national cycling federation's first full-time coach in 1978. Known as "Eddie B" to his riders, he was responsible for America's rise to cycling prominence, starting with the 1984 LA Olympics, in the 1980s. See more »

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David is in his room watching the Kung-Fu movie and has the remote in his right hand on his chest. When Marcus enters the room, David has the remote in his left hand by his side but in the next shot it is back on his chest in his right hand. See more »

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Becky: "Well I'll be a fig newton"
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Bad Moon Rising
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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'Flyers' lands with a thud
1 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'American Flyers' features a strong cast who gamely (and yet sadly unsuccessfully) attempt to breathe life into a script that is leaden with an overflow of 80s melodrama; the most egregious of which is a third act switch-a-roo that feels every bit the cheap storytelling gimmick that it is.

The race action is well shot, but dull and un-engaging. If director John Badham thought he was delivering a rise to your feet and cheer sports movie, he was sadly mistaken.

Despite the best efforts of the impressive assembled talent, 'American Flyers' gets a flat long before it crosses the finish line.


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