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American Anthem (1986)



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In a film that will probably appeal mostly to those who like gymnastics, American Anthem is about a gymnast struggling to find inspiration while attempting to deal with his family problems. After falling for a female gymnast, he finds the inspiration he needs to succeed, and the two train for the Olympics together.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Documentary , Drama
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In Theaters:
Lorimar Home Video

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Mitch Gaylord
as Steve Tevere
Janet Jones
as Julie Lloyd
John Aprea
as Mr. Tevere
Michelle Phillips
as Linda Tevere
Tiny Wells
as Jake
Michael Pataki
as Coach Soranhoff
Patrice Donnelly
as Danielle
R.J. Williams
as Mikey Tevere
Katherine Gosney
as Landlady
Stacy Maloney
as Kirk Baker
Peter Tramm
as Ron Denver
Maria Anz
as Becky Cameron
Jenny Ester
as Tracey Prescott
Dick McGarvin
as Announcer, Prelim Meet
Popeye the Dog
as Mikey's Dog
Mark Oates
as Danny Squire
Jan Claire
as Announcer, Final Meet
Megan Marsden
as Jo-Ellen Carter
Li Yuejiu
as Ling Xiang
Bruce Burns
as Tops Club Member
Lisa Marie Campos
as Tops Club Member
Bob Gauthier
as Tops Club Member
Lisa Green
as Tops Club Member
Chris Riser
as Tops Club Member
Lyn Schmitt
as Tops Club Member
Kent Weaver
as Tops Club Member
Stephen Elliott
as Tops Club Member
Tim Darling
as Tops Club Member
Matt Arnot
as Competition Gymnast
Jody Raymond
as Competition Gymnast
Scott Barclay
as Competition Gymnast
Jeff Richards
as Competition Gymnast
Tony Russo
as Competition Gymnast
Mike Bowers
as Competition Gymnast
Phillippe Chartrand
as Competition Gymnast
Mike Sims
as Competition Gymnast
Glen Cooper
as Competition Gymnast
John Eccelston
as Competition Gymnast
Mark Ewers
as Competition Gymnast
Brett Finch
as Competition Gymnast
Doug Foerch
as Competition Gymnast
Steve Friedman
as Competition Gymnast
Rick Hall
as Competition Gymnast
Paul Hartman
as Competition Gymnast
Celeste Kelty
as Competition Gymnast
Tom Kennedy
as Competition Gymnast
Jeff Knepper
as Competition Gymnast
John Levy
as Competition Gymnast
Wes Lewis
as Competition Gymnast
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Critic Reviews for American Anthem

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

The characters are laughable; the gymnastics are unattractive. There is nothing to recommend this film.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's a pretty ridiculous story, and screenwriters Evan Archerd and Jeff Benjamin never figure out a way to generate any real suspense, drama or inspiration.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Unfortunately, as far as acting exercises go, Gaylord couldn't score a 5.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Cast and crew are guided by the director from manipulative cliche to manipulative cliche, as everyone tries his or her best to overlook the fact that Gaylord, despite his athletic prowess, has little or no show-business talent.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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This whole movie may have been concocted on a synthesizer.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A large portion of the movie is given over to gymnastics competitions, which are not explained or photographed well enough to be very interesting.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Anthem


★★ (out of four) With the Olympics winding down I thought I'd post a similar themed review. I just wish it was for a better film. The attempt to make gymnatics superstar and Olympics medal winner Mitch Gaylord a movie star failed with this corny 1986 movie. Steve Tevere (Gaylord) is a star on his high school gymnastics team, but his home life may derail him from continuing with his motivation. He does hit it off with the new gymnast Julie who has just transfered to his school. Mitch Gaylord does have some star appeal and maybe he could have become a bigger film star had he not been straddled with this cliche-written script. He's definately good when he's performing in a gymnastics scene. There is plenty of 80's music blaring in the background. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

I can personally relate to this movie because I went through the same thing Steve Trevere went through but in a different sport! The Soundtrack has such artists as: John Parr, Stevie Nicks, Andy Taylor, Mr. Mister, Graham Nash and Inxs!

Kelly McCormick
Kelly McCormick

Wow, what a blast from the past this movie is. I haven't seen it in years but remember loving it back in the 80's...or maybe loving the lead male. It's a toss up. :) I wish this was on dvd.

Diana Montalbano
Diana Montalbano

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