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In bicycle parlance, David Sommers is a "wheelsucker," drafting through life, lacking the sprint to bridge the gap between the pack and the break. But the tragedies that David and his brother, Marcus, confront together teach him become a winner, to join Marcus as half of a pair of American Flyers. Academy Award winner Kevin Costner stars with David Grant and Rae Dawn Chong in this story of two brothers, a sports medicine doctor, and his very naturally talented younger brother, whose differences have become an open rift. Together, they try to bridge the gap by competing together in a grueling three-day bicycle race that challenges their physical and emotional courage and leads to a reaffirmation of their love for each other.
© 1985 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Critics 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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Common Sense Says
Good-hearted '80s biking movie has cursing, sex.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the 1985 drama American Flyers emphasizes the importance of family against a backdrop of bicycle racing and a health crisis. The race sequences showcase the glorious Rocky Mountains and the ins and outs of bicycle competitions. There's mention of a father's death from a burst brain aneurysm and the possibility that his children may have inherited the condition, brief glimpses of a man's behind and of a woman's breasts, and infrequent language: "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "BFD," "hell," and "ass." One man appears to be yelling "f--k," after losing the first stage of a race, but the crowd noise renders the word deliberately indistinct. A couple has sex offscreen. A 10-year-old boy who asks for the definition of "oral sex" is told that it's sex that's talked about, the opposite of "written sex," which is sex that's written about.
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- Release Date:August 16, 1985
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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