American Flyers (1985)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kevin Costner Marcus
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 Randolph
John Garber Belov
Jennifer Grey Leslie
James Terry Hitchhiker
Jessica Nelson Hitchhiker
Tom Lawrence Timekeeper
Brian Drebber Race Announcer
Judy Jordan Woman Reporter
Katherine Kriss Vera
Jan Speck Receptionist
Greg Walker Photographer
Sig Frohlich Mail Clerk
John J. Caraccioli Autograph Hound
Barbara Barron Autograph Hound (as Barbara Hinchcliffe)
Bobby Anderson Reporter
Peter Boyles Reporter
K.C. Carr Reporter
Martin Chenoweth Reporter
Jim Flanagin Reporter
Steven Burch Reporter
Kate Sullivan Reporter
Gregg Hayden Bilson II Race Official
Christine Blackwell Race Official
Michael Harshberger Race Official
Brad Peterman Race Official
Chris Ziesmer Race Official
Emanuel Alongi Cycle Team Leader
Eddy Merckx Himself
John Barvik Cycle Team Leader
John Bowen Cycle Team Leader
Scott Christopher Cycle Team Leader
Wesley Falker Cycle Team Leader
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director John Badham
Producer Paula Weinstein; Gareth Wigan; Steve Tesich
Writer Steve Tesich
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 113 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
American Flyers could roughly be referred to as a cross between Breaking Away (also written by Steve Tesich) and Brian's Song. Sports physician Marcus (Kevin Costner, sporting a ludicrously big mustache) coaxes his flaky brother David (David Marshall Grant) into doing something with his life and training for a grueling bike race in the Colorado Rockies. The scenario is complicated, though, by family frictions and the fact that the brothers' dad died of a cerebral aneurysm that has been handed down to one of the brothers. The two train rigorously for the big event (part of their routine involves outrunning an angry pit bull every day), then pack the van and head West. Marcus's girlfriend is also the ex-wife of his main rival in the race circuit, providing a bit more intrigue. Veteran action director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, War Games) excels during the bike-race segments, capturing the breathtaking scenery and the demanding nature of the event nicely. The film is somewhat hobbled, though, by the screenplay and character development; the film plays a bit too much to the sports-movie cliché and the dysfunctional-family story seems like a lengthy prologue to the race. Also, try not to be too bothered by the annoyingly dated soundtrack, and this should be a fairly entertaining, unpretentious little film. --Jerry Renshaw
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 12
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 085391152026
Chapters 36
Release Date 1999
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned HiFi Sound Dolby Widescreen
Links
Internet Movie Database