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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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Two brothers challenge the road. And life itself. [Video] 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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WW Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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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

David is in his room watching the Kung-Fu movie and has the remote in his right hand on his chest. When Marcus enters the room, David has the remote in his left hand by his side but in the next shot it is back on his chest in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Muzzin: Enough of this Sunday stroll
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Connections

Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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Bickering Brothers Give This A Flat Tire
19 June 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I thought maybe a movie about cyclists might be different, and entertaining, as many Kevin Costner movies are, but I didn't find much to like in this film. Constantly bickering brothers complaining about each other's past family sins, grew tiresome fast. I wanted to ground their "fliers" before they ever got airborne.

I didn't much of the cast nor their characters and the story was basically somewhat boring and very much clichéd with the illness angle. In the end, this was a lot more of "chick flick" than a sports film. The only redeeming quality was the wonderful Colorado mountainous scenery. Speaking of 'redeeming," thankfully Costner redeemed himself, sports story-wise, with the classic "Field Of Dreams" a few years after this.

This bike movie was like a flat tire: a pain in the butt to put up with.


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