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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. Marcus doesn't tell David that he has a brain aneurysm... See full summary »

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Sarah
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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
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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. Marcus doesn't tell David 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 »

Goofs

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

Becky: "Well I'll be a fig newton"
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Connections

Features Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Gone Ridin'
Written & Performed by Chris Isaak
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This one's got a flat
17 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"American Flyers" makes for some decent sports entertainment if you fancy competitive cycling; but even as sports movies go, the '80s offered better options. I have to admit, it was on-the-cusp-of-stardom Kevin Costner's confidence in the role that kept me in this game. It wasn't until the 90-minute mark that things actually got pretty good. Not just with those scenic mountain passes, but it also finally attains some of the emotional weight it's been dancing around all this time (which has been mostly McDonald's commercials and a soundtrack right out of a beer commercial). And then it just . . . stops. There wasn't really anything in that last race to get all tense about.


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