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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.
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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.
Scriptwriter Steve Tesich returns to bicycle racing, but he's forced to throw in a subplot about a...
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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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