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American Flyers (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  16 August 1985 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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Marcus Sommers
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David (as David Grant)
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Sarah
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Becky
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Mrs. Sommers
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Muzzin
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Jerome
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Dr. Conrad
Doi Johnson ...
Randolph
John Garber ...
Belov
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Leslie
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Hitchhiker
Jessica Nelson ...
Hitchhiker
Tom Lawrence ...
Timekeeper
Brian Drebber ...
Race Announcer
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Američki letači  »

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The team that Muzzin rode for in the film, '7-Eleven' was a real team that competed in the Tour de France in the late 1980s and early-'90s. This team became the Motorola Team when the team changed sponsor. This was the team that Lance Armstong raced with before he contracted cancer. See more »

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When Sarah picks up the rock it is fairly large. Later when Becky is showing off the rock it is much smaller. See more »

Quotes

Woman Reporter: It's a big day for American cycling, to have two Americans beat an Olympic champ. You must feel some pride.
Jerome: Come on man, walk it off.
Muzzin: No, no, I'm alright. OK. I'm not riding for America lady. I tried riding for America. I spent four years of my life working shitty jobs so I could train and make the Olympic team and ride for my... Look at me! And then some fatasses in Washington started having opinions. The Olympic Committee started having opinions. You, you bitch, I know you! You started ...
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Gone Ridin'
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not outstanding
10 November 2002 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

Although this movie is definitely deserving of it's weak rating here, I still find myself enjoying it. Despite the lazy cinematography and tired "against-all-odds" plot that they didn't try to improve upon one single bit, it must be the cyclist in me that can't help but watch. (my bike is almost the exact same as that used by david grant).

The character building bordered on tedious and they had to throw in a short-prognosis-with-a-twist device to try to prop it up. And I'd still like to know what the point of "Randolph" was. Apparently just something to make his father appear like some over-the-top fitness guy... Kevin Costner, as usual, did his one trick.


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