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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 »

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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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,345, 18 August 1985

Gross USA:

$1,420,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,420,355
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Company Credits

Production Co:

WW Production See more »
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Runtime:

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

Alexandra Paul plays Becky who in the beginning of the film is a woman trying not to eat meat. In real life, Alexandra Paul is a vegan. 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: [Muzzin tells Sarah that he hopes Marcus is okay, then notices Jerome looking at him funny] What?
Jerome: You sounded half-human.
Muzzin: I am half-human.
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Bad Moon Rising
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Enjoyable Feel Good Flick
7 August 2016 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Kevin Costner movie in order, I come to his final movie of 1985 American Flyers.

Plot In A Paragraph: David Summers (David Grant) trains on his bicycle every day, hoping someday to be as good a racer as his older brother Marcus (KC) Relationships are explored as two brothers compete in a gruelling bicycle race, named "The Hell of the West"

Directed by John Badham, American Flyers is brilliantly shot, nicely paced and the bicycle races are exciting (despite the obvious ending) especially during a frightening scene when someone loses control of his bicycle high up in the mountains.

The performances are all interesting, and well played. KC is more subdued here, than his flashier turns in Fandango and Silverado, but it's a performance with depth. with solid support from the lovely Rae Dawn Chong, John Amos and Alexandria Paul

It has a few problems, such as it leaves a lot of unanswered questions, what did or didn't the mother do, during the last few weeks of their fathers illness and did one of them actually have the hereditary problem?? It's never disclosed. Then the villain of the piece, one minute he is a giant A-hole, then you think he's not that bad, and maybe a bit misunderstood and just angry. Then he attempts to murder someone, and you think WTF?? I suspect some scenes with him may have been left on the cutting room floor.

All in all, American Flyers is a feel good movie, that has a real story with believable characters facing some serious problems.


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