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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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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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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

Alexandra Paul plays Becky who in the beginning of the film is a woman trying not to eat meat. In real life, Alexandra Paul is a vegan. See more »

Goofs

The racy photo from David's girl was face-up on his bed when the audience first sees it. When the actor stands up from the bed with the print stuck to his backside, the picture faces the audience, indicating that the picture was flipped, then attached to the actor. See more »

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Becky: "Well I'll be a fig newton"
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Brand New Day
Written by Lee Ritenour, Matheison & Veitch
Performed by Danny Hutton
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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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