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

Director:

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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Trivia

At the end of the 3rd stage of the Hell of the West race when David needs to beat the second rider by 11 seconds, Marcus stops his stopwatch at 11.34 seconds. If you read 11.34 upside-down, it reads hEll - the first word in the name of the race. See more »

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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

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Brand New Day
Written by Lee Ritenour, Matheison & Veitch
Performed by Danny Hutton
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solid bicycling movie
9 December 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Flyers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,345, 18 August 1985

Gross USA:

$1,420,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,420,355
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WW Production See more »
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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