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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David (as David Grant)
Mrs. Sommers
Dr. Conrad
Doi Johnson ...
John Garber ...
James Terry ...
Jessica Nelson ...
Brian Drebber ...
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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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They're four one-of-a-kind people taking a chance...and going after a dream that will change their lives forever. [Theatrical] See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Sieger - American Flyers  »

Box Office


$1,400,000 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Marcus Sommers: So what are you doing now Davy?
David: [as Davy was watching an episode of Kung Fu] "I'm studying eastern philosophy and cowboy movies. The ying, the yang and the bang bang!" lol
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an adrenaline-pumping, yet heartwarming bike movie
11 April 2001 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

American Flyers should not be passed over by non-athletes just because bike racing is a central part of the movie. Sure, its a must-see for all cyclists due to the great racing sequences and thrilling ending(great movie to watch when you're cycling indoors!), but it's also a moving story of two brothers. Theirs is a complex relationship which never borders on sappiness. It may not be perfect, but American Flyers delivers great action and acting and a moving story of the inseparable bonds between brothers and their mother. Don't pass up the chance to see this forgotten gem

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