American Flyers Trivia
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Rewind ArchiveDavid Marshall Grant appears in this film under the name David Grant.
Thanks to Joe HollandEddy Merckx (cycle supremo) appears in a cameo role. Merckx was known as "The Cannibal" in his bike racing days. I found it odd that the name was applied to a character in the movie, but leave it to Hollywood to twist the lines of fact and logic!
Thanks to John AlfordThe movie was filmed during the Coors Classic, ok, thats well known, but if you look closely, especially during the third stage you can see Coors Classic banners and one fan is holding a Coors Cycling cap.
Thanks to Duane DiggsRae Dawn Chong, who plays Sarah in the movie, is the daughter of actor/comedian Tommy Chong from Cheech and Chong.
Thanks to William KucharskiThe television stations and sponsors listed on the race buildings are all real.
Thanks to John AlfordRobert Townsend also appears as Jerome, one of the members of the 7-Eleven team riding in support of Muzzin.
Thanks to Keith KiblerDavid's hitchhiker girl friend was played by Alexandra Paul. She later became famous as an actress in Baywatch. But what is really interesting is that she is the only actual actor in the film that is also a bike racer. She is not only a triathlete but an ironman triathlete.
Thanks to AnonymousShortly after Stage 3 of the race starts up Highway 103 toward Mt. Evans, there is a shot from a car of cyclists riding past a sign showing an elevation of 7,500 feet above sea level. This sign is actually a fake. The City of Idaho Springs, which is at the start of Highway 103, has an elevation of 7,526 feet above sea level.
Thanks to Skip BurkeThis film promotes heavily McDonald's fast food chain. Throughout the film there are several instances when either their logo or McDonald's, itself, is featured. During the opening credits, they showcase the McDonald's riverboat during the music montage. Later in the film, they stop at a McDonald's to eat and even have a scene built around a character craving a McDonald's hamburger as to why she leaves her hitch-hiking friends who only want to eat granola...
Thanks to AnonymousJudy Jordan, TV reporter who interviews "Cannibal" at the end of the race, is now working as TV anchor/reporter (Judy Jordan Greene) at KYTX TV in Tyler, Texas.
Judy Jordan was TV anchor at KDFW TV in Dallas, Texas from 1966-1980.
Rewind ArchiveThe movie makes reference to the race in 1984 "won by Olympians Connie Carpenter and Alexi Grewal." That is an actual fact. The Grand Junction Coors Classic that year was won by the two who, just one month later, won Gold in Los Angeles at the '84 Olympics.
Thanks to PhillipA lot of local media celebrities were borrowed for various scenes during the races. In addition to seeing the Channel 4, Denver news helicopter, and banners for KPBI Radio in Denver, two local Denver sports celebrities were used in the scene where Muzzin is ranting at the reporter after the first leg of the race. Also in that scene were Denver sports personalities Bobby Anderson, (a former Broncos running back) and Peter Boyles.
There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "American Flyers".
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