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American Flyers (1985)

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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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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Taglines:

Two brothers challenge the road. And life itself. [Video] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

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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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

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 »

Goofs

During stage two in the Colorado National Monument, they start off going the correct direction from East to West, but not far into the stage they are riding next to a rock wall and are going from West to East (the wall is on the riders' right hand side). If they were going the same direction as when they started, the rock wall would be on the riders' left hand side instead of their right hand side. See more »

Quotes

Muzzin: Enough of this Sunday stroll
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Gone Ridin'
Written & Performed by Chris Isaak
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American Flyers
30 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Knockout photography and a winning performance from Costner stand out in this well made film about a school dropout who rivals his doctor brother in Rockies bicycle race.


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