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      American Flyers

      PG-13 Released Aug 16, 1985 1 hr. 54 min. Drama List
      70% 20 Reviews Tomatometer 86% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score When Dr. Marcus Sommers (Kevin Costner) realizes that he and his troubled, estranged brother David (David Grant) may be prone a fatal brain disease that runs in their family, he decides to make peace with his sibling, and invites him on a trip to the Rockies. There, the brothers bond over their shared enthusiasm for cycling and decide to enter a grueling bike race through the mountains. However, Marcus' health soon begins to fail, and David must compete without his brother at his side. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 19 Buy Now

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      American Flyers shifts between family drama and cycling action gears with enough strength to make this inspirational sports picture more than pedestrian.

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      Audience Member A very young Kevin Costner and David Grant are two brothers experiencing a great American pastime There’s a big bicycle competition called Hell of the West about to take place and Marcus and David are set out to make it to the end During this whole thing they come across some nice women but one of them is also severely ill It presents as an opportunity to patch things up between them before it’s too late Can either of them make it to the end of the competition and better themselves? They have to cycle through a treacherous trek of 91 miles in 7 laps in steep hills and blistering heat Kostner and Grant are perfect as the two bickering brothers being constantly being worried about their family’s troubled history of health, the bicycling scenes are well shot and edited, and the music is pure 1980s You feel the sense of adrenaline and suspense with all of these bicyclers racing against the elements This movie manages to bring together family drama and sports film elements together without it feeling like a run of the mill flick that’s quite common Good actors, exciting bike racing scenes, and just enough warmth In the end it’s all about bringing together our family values with a love for the sport Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/17/23 Full Review Matt M Such a great film. Best wheel change ever Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/19/23 Full Review J B Amazing!!! Eddie the dog shoulda had a dang Oscar. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review Gregory A Worth it for the clinic on wheel swaps by Sarah (Rae Dawn Chong) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review Bret M This movie just finished 16th place in the movie fandom one day race…which is a harbinger of American Flyers taking the top spot on the podium 🥇 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review A K Gets better every year. Could use more Kleins. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Staff Variety Unfortunately, overblown production just pumps hot air in too many directions and comes up limp. Aug 4, 2008 Full Review Wally Hammond Time Out A pleasant, straight-down-the-road, clich-ridden ride. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times The performances aren't bad, but they aren't good enough to give the film the heft it doesn't otherwise have. Rated: 2/5 May 20, 2003 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Wears its cliches well. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 16, 2022 Full Review Barbara Shulgasser Common Sense Media Good-hearted '80s biking movie has cursing, sex. Rated: 3/5 Nov 8, 2016 Full Review TV Guide Disjointed and underdeveloped. Rated: 2/4 Aug 4, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When Dr. Marcus Sommers (Kevin Costner) realizes that he and his troubled, estranged brother David (David Grant) may be prone a fatal brain disease that runs in their family, he decides to make peace with his sibling, and invites him on a trip to the Rockies. There, the brothers bond over their shared enthusiasm for cycling and decide to enter a grueling bike race through the mountains. However, Marcus' health soon begins to fail, and David must compete without his brother at his side.
      Director
      John Badham
      Production Co
      WW Productions
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 16, 1985, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2008
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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