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American Flyers (1985)




Critic Consensus: 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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Movie Info

It takes a fierce three-day bicycle race up in the mountains to reunite two formerly feuding brothers in this film written by Steve Tesich, the creator of another cycle movie, 1979's Breaking Away. This film will please the cycling lovers out there, as it includes actual footage taken from the famous Coors International Bicycle Classic, held in the Colorado Rockies. The plot revolves around the suspicion that one of the two brothers -- either the pragmatic sports doctor Marcus (Kevin Costner) or the impudent, driven David (David Marshall Grant) -- is likely afflicted with an inherited tendency toward cerebral aneurysms.

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Kevin Costner
as Marcus Sommers
Janice Rule
as Mrs. Sommers
John Amos
as Dr. Conrad
Doi Johnson
as Randolph
James Terry
as Hitchhiker
Jessica Nelson
as Hitchhiker
Tom Lawrence
as Timekeeper
Brian Drebber
as Race Announcer
Judy Jordan
as Woman Reporter
Jan Speck
as Receptionist
Greg Walker
as Photographer
Sig Frohlich
as Mail Clerk
John J. Caraccioli
as Autograph Hound
Barbara Hinchcliffe
as Autograph Hound
Peter Boyles
as Reporter
K.C. Carr
as Reporter
Jim Flanagin
as Reporter
Steven Burch
as Reporter
Kate Sullivan
as Reporter
Christine Blackwell
as Race Official
Michael Harshberger
as Race Official
Craig Manning
as Race Official
Brad Peterman
as Race Official
Christopher Ziesmer
as Race Official
Eddie Merckx
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for American Flyers

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Unfortunately, overblown production just pumps hot air in too many directions and comes up limp.

August 4, 2008 | Full Review…

A pleasant, straight-down-the-road, cliché-ridden ride.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

The performances aren't bad, but they aren't good enough to give the film the heft it doesn't otherwise have.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

American Flyers is shaky at the core, because it tries to tap-dance around its own central issues.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Good-hearted '80s biking movie has cursing, sex.

November 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Scriptwriter Steve Tesich returns to bicycle racing, but he's forced to throw in a subplot about an incurable movie disease to make the thing work.

August 4, 2008

Audience Reviews for American Flyers


This film is a film that you can watch over and over, and still feel happy inside.

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

Well... I think American Flyers is a great movie from the 80's.... A great & entertaining movie from Kevin Costner!!!! Even i'm never watch a movie from the 80's... But I'm pretty sure this movie is one of the great!!! Best movie from the year 1980s

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer


Three cheers for two brothers together in a world-class cycling competition that really exciting me to make their win the race.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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