American Flyers
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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 the impudent, driven David (David Marshall Grant) -- is likely afflicted with an inherited… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, overblown production just pumps hot air in too many directions and comes up limp."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"American Flyers is shaky at the core, because it tries to tap-dance around its own central issues."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Offers a thrilling and positive portrait of cross-country biking."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"There are certainly worse ways to spend 100 minutes - particularly if you're a bicycling enthusiast."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A pleasant, straight-down-the-road, cliché-ridden ride."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Classic '80s sports movie. Surprising twist, and thrilling bike scenes."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Thankfully, Costner and Grant are able to overcome the bumpy screenplay and ride American Flyers to a satisfying, if predictable, conclusion."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The performances aren't bad, but they aren't good enough to give the film the heft it doesn't otherwise have."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Disjointed and underdeveloped."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Its overwelming sentimentality obscures the excitement of the race and some fine performances."
‑ , Film4
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