Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn't tell him that he has a cerebral tumor. While David powerfully heads for the ... more »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.« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 4/17/2015...
Who would think that bicycle racing could be so exciting? Surely not me yet this movie is one that will keep you in your seat rooting for the good guys to win! Kevin Costner and David Grant are very competitive brothers in the race of their lives against the Russian team as well as some "down and dirty" sportsmen who want the win with high hopes of Olympic glory later on. One of the brothers also has what can be a life threatening illness, same as their father had and that only adds to their desperation to win! Very entertaining little movie well deserving of a viewing.
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American Flyers is one of Kevin Costners best kept secrets!
Craig Goodman | Netanya Israel | 06/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"American Flyers was originally released in the Theaters on August 16, 1985. Before or after no film has ever as realistically and effectively captured bike racing in such a manner as this film. It depicts the "Hell of the West" a fictitious bike race modeled after the Coors Classic held annually in Colorado. It even features a cameo by the legendary Eddie Merckx who is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist of all time. In addition to the cycling aspect, this film should appeal to every one since the story is of a long standing rivalry between two Brothers and a family history of Brain aneurisms which may now threaten the life of one of the Brothers. The brothers are played by Kevin Costner and David Grant. They decide to compete in the Hell of the West and in the process of training for the race as well as competing in the race itself forge a renewed bond that is very touching and heart warming. For Kevin Costner fans this is one of his best performances and surprisingly I have never heard him mention the film in any of his published interviews. John Badham skillfully directs the film and viewers will find themselves thinking about the film long afterwards. In addition the soundtrack is fantastic featuring music composed by Dave Grusin, and songs by the likes of Chris Isaak, and Credence Clearwater Revival. It is a truly wonderful film and will leave you very satisfied. For any true movie fan this is a must for your collection, and your friends will thank you when you lend it to them."
jaylinii | Jacksonville, FL United States | 11/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"O.K. I'm biased. I grew up in Colorado and was very involved with the cycling world during the late 70's and early 80's. Watching this movie takes me right back to those times and I enjoy it. Many of the scenes, including the hotel scene with the TV broadcast of the Star Spangle Banner and blatant display of the KBPI banner at the beginning of the first leg of the race, tap right into things I remember only too well from my youth. (Not to mention the girl with the streak in her hair ... I had a similar one at that time myself ...) I'm also a Costner fan and feel that any Costner collection cannot be complete without this movie. That said ...Yes, the movie is dated. Yes the movie is predictable. Yes, some of the acting is cheesey. And yes, it's an inspirational movie despite all that. I really enjoy this movie and manage to toss it into the VCR twice a year or so if for no other reason that I love to see the Colorado scenery go by during the race scenes and to hear the Star Spangled Banner .... Hey, they are playing our song!"
James | Milton, WV United States | 12/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie will inspire those who have competed with and against their brother. The fights and the competition between the brothers brings back good memories of how competitive my brother and I were. The dedication and effort put forth by the competitors also brings back memories of a better time and place. The scenery great -- how can Colorado not have great scenery ?Don't look for this movie to have great meaning or fantastic acting - look for it to be just what it was meant to be, an inspirational movie."
"Dances With Wolves" The Early Years
Diana M. Carr | Naples,, FL United States | 08/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am an avid book reader and do not generally care to give up MY interpretation and imaginations for the "movie version". Yet, when I read some of the reviews for "American Flyers" (one of the movies I do enjoy), I felt compelled to respond. Kevin Costner is probably one of the few "Actor-Producers" that continually goes for the story and not for the glory. Even as early as "American Flyers", Kevin demonstrated his ability (and he was only an actor at the time)to take the cliche and transform it into joy, sorrow, love, and anger that was palpable. And, at the end, when the inevitable occurs, I find myself crying and smiling with everyone else. But I also think, "Wow, what a powerful performance to be able to evoke such emotions each and every time I see this movie!" Since "American Flyers", Kevin has continued to work "outside the box". If you think about it, most every movie is pretty predictable. What makes it great is that you want to watch it again!"
Brings back the memories
A. J Sereda | Chandler, AZ United States | 04/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of those movies that I never intended to see as a kid. I was 13 at the time, and had seen the preview at the theater before watching Pee Wee's Big Adventure. I thought, "what a cheesy looking flick" and went about watching Pee Wee (ha ha, that's painting the kettle purple, or whatever they say). But what 80's flick was 'top of the line' besides Fast Times at Ridgmont High or Ghandi? Maybe ET, or Empire Strikes Back. OK, sorry about that, back to AF.
Anyways, being an HBO family, I got the opportunity to watch this movie, a several hundred times. What can I say. It's still cheesy, but brings about a family bonding. And honestly, there are families out there like this dysfunctional one. In fact, some are worse than the Sommers.
The movie brought into play the Soviet Boycott, a vegan follower resorting back to McD's, things going on with our nation. David and Marcus Sommers, racing for the last time against each other.....well, for the first also. And I'll never view the National Anthem the same after seeing Alexandra Paul getting naked for the romp with David. Totally unacceptable, yet so taboo and intriguing.
The soundtrack, unfortunately, is next to impossible to find. I have been looking for years, to no avail. So, I have to keep watching (which I will) the movie over and over."