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American Flyers (1985)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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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

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Steve Tesich

Dec 21, 1999

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (7) | DVD (5)

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

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A pleasant, straight-down-the-road, cliché-ridden ride.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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American Flyers is shaky at the core, because it tries to tap-dance around its own central issues.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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

Disjointed and underdeveloped.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Offers a thrilling and positive portrait of cross-country biking.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Classic '80s sports movie. Surprising twist, and thrilling bike scenes.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Its overwelming sentimentality obscures the excitement of the race and some fine performances.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

There are certainly worse ways to spend 100 minutes - particularly if you're a bicycling enthusiast.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Thankfully, Costner and Grant are able to overcome the bumpy screenplay and ride American Flyers to a satisfying, if predictable, conclusion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for American Flyers

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
March 16, 2008
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Three cheers for two brothers together in a world-class cycling competition that really exciting me to make their win the race.
August 12, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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This film is a film that you can watch over and over, and still feel happy inside.
August 25, 2009
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