American Flyers

 (838)6.51 h 52 min1985PG-13
American Flyers takes you on the road for exciting world-class cycling competition as two brothers struggle to win a race and to regain the respect and affection they once shared.
John Badham
Kevin CostnerDavid GrantRae Dawn Chong
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English [CC]
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Alexandra PaulJanice RuleLuca BercoviciRobert TownsendJohn AmosDoi JohnsonJohn GarberJennifer Grey
Paula WeinsteinGereth Wigan
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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HistoryGeekReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Most of the acting and plot features are quite good.

Notwithstanding, some things seem contrived. For instance, I'm unsure why the overweight kid was added to the story -- unnecessary except perhaps to add to the movie's length. Without spoiling I'll try to be coy -- one of the riders has blood running out his ear and nose for a known reason, but he's not taken to the hospital (that seemed ridiculous to me). There's another instance where one cycle racer manhandles his opponent right in front of a chase vehicle with judges/refs. That, too, seemed absurd.

Other than these beefs, it's a terrific movie that I've watched countless times over the years. No doubt I will watch it many more times.
john of fountain valleyReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
We Loved It and Have Watched Many Times
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A somewhat campy and predictable story line but really beautiful scenery for serious bike riding in Colorado. A break through performance for the unknown performers. My kids are now grown but we watched it so many times we have almost memorized the lines. One of Costner's best movies (which isn't saying much) but a cameo for Jenifer Grey and another gal who went on to fame in Bay Watch. A nice performance by Rae Dawn Chong opposite Kevin and a solid contribution by John Amos. Our first viewing was a pirate VHS, later bought our own higher quality VHS tape and were pleased to find it on DVD.
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BettergearsReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sport Porn about Bikes in the 80's. It's fun!
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Two brothers coping with a family loss in their own way struggle with congenital disease while bonding over a pro bike race. Each an elite athlete in their spare time they take on the pros and some old ghosts as they grind their gears up and down America's Rocky mountains trying to break away from their past.

Ahh, the training montages, the epic record breaking scene of the unknown talent. The competition, the trials, the pain, taking it to the limit! All the great ingredients of your favorite sport porn, only with bikes. Sport porn is all too common, but to see a sport porn about bikes is so unusual it deserves a little leeway, at least if you like bikes and want to see the sport taken seriously enough for someone to make a sport porn about it. (Yes, I know, steroids, etc. I hate it, too. But did America stop watching Baseball or Football even though we all know they are Roided up all over the place? See, you're actually OK with drug use and people lying about it, you just can't get into pro cycling yet, and that's OK.)

This movie plays with plot and facts fast and loose, but it is just so darn 80's it's hard to stay mad at it. The frenemy, the old grudge, the love triangle. It's all there! It's the same story arc as the Karate Kid, but this time the Kid has a brother and one of them might be sick. Watch the movie to find out who! I know you love the original Karate Kid, so watch this one and you'll see what I mean.

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G. J. ReiserReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Very Good Movie That I Had a Personal Hand in Producing
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I have a very personal interest in this film because, as Design Engineering Manager of Marquette Medical Systems, I designed the treadmill and stress monitoring equipment (Chapter 9/36) used to determine the fitness level of athletes at the sport medical complex in Madison, Wisconsin. I had to do the original design work in my home design studio because it was a secret project, at that time in November 1983. That aside, this is a very inspiring feel good movie to be enjoyed by all. Gerald J. Reiser IDSA
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Alan NakamuraReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Cycling Movie...
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I saw American Flyers in the theater when it first came out, and it was great to see the same
race courses that were used for the Coors Classic being used for "The Hell of The West". The
Morgul Bismark was considered to be one of the toughest circuit courses in the world at the time;
now it's just another subdivision outside Boulder!

Another interesting anecdote... the scene when David takes the Treadmill Test and beats Marcus' best
time was partly based on fact. In the early 80's there was a local Colorado racer named Bob Cook who
was one of the best climbing cyclists in the world. At the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
Cook's VO2 Max test results (using a test similar to the one depicted in the movie) were the highest ever
recorded for a cyclist at the time. Sadly, Cook passed away in 1985 (the year American Flyers was released)
from a brain tumor. The annual Mt. Evans Hill Climb, a race held for over 45 years was named The Bob Cook
Memorial Hill Climb in his honor. The race ends at Echo Lake, where Stage 3 of "The Hell of The West" ended.
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D Michael FaganReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie
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Kevin Costner before he was anybody.
Jennifer Grey before Dirty Dancing.
Rae Dawn Chong forceful.
the GREAT Eddy Merckx (Greatest Cyclist of all time)

Some good racing/riding shots, at a time when N O body wore real helmets.

Bought it so I can wtch it again and again.
P L RamseyReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A decent bike movie
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This is about the best movie about brothers entering a 3 day bike race. It's a good movie, but they have two members for a team while every other team has five. But if you just watch for the people, and let the other things fade, it is a good buy.
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T. AdamsReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Costner at his best
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I haven't seen this movie in a long was hard to find the DVD but well worth the is one of my favorite Kevin Costner's movies......a must see......
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