American Flyers Movie Review

American Flyers

The Hell Of The West
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Kevin Costner, David Marshall Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul

John Amos, Jennifer Grey, Robert Townsend, Janice rule, Janice Rule, Luca Bercovici, Doi Johnson, John Garber, James Terry, Jessica Nelson, Tom Lawrence, Brian Drebber, Judy Jordan, Katherine Kriss, Jan Speck, Greg Walker, Sig Frohlich Update Cast

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I was in the film as the kid at the end who looks on when David and Marcus are hugging!

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A very pleasant, straight-down-the-road ride based around two brothers battling against a near hysterical mother, a potentially fatal inheritance (in the form of a cerebral aneurism), fraternal rivalry and a rather unpleasant rival called Larry 'cannibal' Muzzin.

Costner and Grant play brothers, the former being a successful doctor and the latter being in danger of failing exams. Costner is bitter with their mother (Janice Rule) who had a breakdown when their father died and wraps her sons in cotton wool because the condition that killed her husband is hereditary.

The brothers unite to take part in a gruelling bike race, 'The Hell Of The West' a multi-course ride over desert and through mountains. Along the way, Marcus Sommers (Kevin Costner) and David Sommers (David Marshall Grant) realise they have more in common than they previously thought.

David meets and falls in love with Becky (Alexandra Paul), a very pretty and wild young woman. Rae Dawn Chong plays Sarah, Marcus' wife who also accompanies the aforementioned trio on this emotional rollercoaster.

Larry Muzzin (played with venom by Luca Bercovici) is one of the many obstacles in their way. Once a friend and team-mate of Marcus, he now bears a grudge against anyone who opposes him. There are laughs, excitement and heartbreak in this excellent film, which is one of my personal favourites.

Forget the cliche ridden plot and enjoy this great eighties film.

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Eight out of ten is my final score for what is one of my most watched videos.

Good acting and basically a great feel-good film. The finale is an edge-of-the-seater!
Quite a few cliche`s and also an alarming amount of endorsements. Some may find the film a little schmaltzy.

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Key Crew

Director: John Badham
Writer: Steve Tesich
Producers: Paula Weinstein, Gareth Wigan, Gregg Champion
Locations Manager: Mark Indig

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Release Date: 16 Aug 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Warner Bros.
Production: WW Production
Genre: Sports

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