American Flyers
American Flyers (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 16, 1985
DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

American Flyers is shaky at the core, because it tries to tap-dance around its own central issues.

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TV Guide

Disjointed and underdeveloped.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

A pleasant, straight-down-the-road, cliché-ridden ride.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Good-hearted '80s biking movie has cursing, sex.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The performances aren't bad, but they aren't good enough to give the film the heft it doesn't otherwise have.

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Douglas Pratt

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.

Fred Topel

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This movie was a lot better than it should have been. Costner as the sick and dying brother does a good job here.
Joseph Eastmond
This film is a film that you can watch over and over, and still feel happy inside.
Sanjaya 丘耀文
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… More
RJ MacReady
Kevin Costner and David Grant play brothers that have become estranged after their fathers death. Costner is a champion bike racer that convinces Grant to… More
Dean McKenna
Three cheers for two brothers together in a world-class cycling competition that really exciting me to make their win the race.