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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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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
James Terry ...
Hitchhiker
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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

When the cyclists are racing at "Monumental National Park" (actually Colorado National Monument, west of Grand Junction, Colorado) one of the cyclists (an extra) falls off and goes over the edge. He actually went over a drop off that was about 1,000 feet, and was only saved from major injuries when a small tree snagged his bike. 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 »

Quotes

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

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American Flyers
Written by Reede & Tanner
Performed by Glenn Shorrock
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solid bicycling movie
9 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

David (David Marshall Grant) is ecstatic when his brother Marcus Sommers (Kevin Costner) visits home in St. Louis. Marcus is concerned about David failing at school. Their father died from a cerebral aneurysm and their mother is concerned that David also has it. There is family friction. Marcus works in sports medicine and convinces David to join him at Wisconsin State University. Marcus, his girlfriend Sarah (Rae Dawn Chong), and Leslie (Jennifer Grey) work for Dr. Conrad (John Amos). David gets a clean bill of health but he mistakenly assumes that he has the aneurysm. David, Marcus, and Sarah travel to Colorado for the bicycle race Hell of the West. Along the way, David picks up ex-hippie hitchhiker Becky (Alexandra Paul). Their biggest opponent is Sarah's ex Muzzin, friend Jerome, and the Soviet Belov.

There are a couple of interesting new actors. Costner is pre-success and Jennifer Grey is pre-Dirty Dancing. The brotherly conflicted relationship is great. This has some family drama but the second half is where the bicycling sports fun exists. It explains the strategy rather well and the racing is done with drama. The racing looks great and the vista is beautiful. This is a solid bicycling movie.


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