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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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John Badham

Writer:

Steve Tesich

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Marcus Sommers
David Marshall Grant ... David (as David Grant)
Rae Dawn Chong ... Sarah
Alexandra Paul ... Becky
Janice Rule ... Mrs. Sommers
Luca Bercovici ... Muzzin
Robert Townsend ... Jerome
John Amos ... Dr. Conrad
Doi Johnson Doi Johnson ... Randolph
John Garber John Garber ... Belov
Jennifer Grey ... Leslie
James Terry James Terry ... Hitchhiker
Jessica Nelson Jessica Nelson ... Hitchhiker
Tom Lawrence ... Timekeeper
Brian Drebber 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. 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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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Sieger - American Flyers See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

WW Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When athletic supervisor Dr. Conrad and his lethargic, overweight son (John Amos and Doi Johnson) are discussing the kid's intention to become a bowler, the boy, Randal, mentions the lack of black athletics in particular sports (like hockey), and that there's only one black golfer... He was referring to Calvin Peete, who was the only African American professional golfer for years. 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

Muzzin: You tell him, Sarah. He knows I'll win, but you tell him I'm gonna make him bleed before I beat him.
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Connections

Features Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Dirty Dog
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Performed by ZZ Top
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The best cycle film for me.
2 November 2011 | by jamesbarnshawSee all my reviews

As a few other reviews have stated, this is a different kind of costner. An earlier, less-famous costner. He was very good in this, i didn't see the end coming either. The fact that there isn't many well known faces in this film is what makes it so watchable, because you have no pre-conceived biases due to not knowing any of the actors. You just concentrate on the storyline & what they're doing, instead of thinking about all the other stuff they've been in. The music was brilliant as well. Some f*cking breathtaking cinematography on the mountain race scenes. A simple film, executed well and with a satisfying ending. Also took me a while to realise his teacher was the guard from "lock up" & the owner off McDowells restaurant from " Coming To America" LOL.


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