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on 24 October 2012
I have been looking for a copy of this film since I lent my video out and never got it back. It was expensive for an old film. But it was worth every penny. DVD is in English, good picture quality. Really happy to own this film again. "Hey Eddie yah comin" : )
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on 4 February 2013
I`m from a cycling background/family myself and like the man in another reveiw said, this film should be watched with a sense of humour/it`s not as real cyclingf is...etc
It`s actually a bit like Rocky and boxing...about 10 times better...
Great cycling footage,great scenery and great music make this a must have even uf you`ve never rode a bike in your life...
yes, definetly one of those `where the action is` movies that might very well inspire you to a life/career on the road yourself as a professional cyclist...
anyway 9/10 !!!
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This is a very eighties film. Which probably has something to do with the fact it was made then. It is a film that demonstrates just how badly we human beings can dress and that eighties gym wear is where bad taste peaked at Mount Everest proportions. Jennifer Grey from that iconic film of the eighties "Dirty Dancing" appears in the film to endorse this period feel.

"American Flyers"(85) is the story of two brothers Marcus Sommers and his younger brother David. Kevin Costner resplendent in a porn star moustache plays Marcus and David Grant plays his namesake. Due to family issues the two have become distant from each other. Unbeknown to David is the fact that Marcus has a terminal illness. The two embark on an epic bike ride called "The Hell of the West" which is more a quest for brotherly reconciliation than personal glory.

Professional cycling gets the Hollywood treatment. At times it bears more resemblance to Rollerball than cycling. An American cyclist called Muzzin tries to kill David by pushing him over a cliff. Now things can certainly get competitive in the Peloton but this might be stretching it a bit. Muzzin also informs a Soviet rider that he is going to "Whip his red ass". This would probably not endear the film to viewers in the former Soviet Union, if by some miracle it escaped their censors. A brief appearance by the legendary five times winner of the Tour de France Eddy Merckx at the start of the race, tries to give some authenticity to proceedings. This fails miserably and Eddy may have cringed at some of the on screen antics.

Despite all the inaccuracies and a rather phony story, the film is good innocent fun and not to be taken too seriously. I am a keen cyclist so it was nice to get a film about cycling. There have not been many! I am ashamed to say I enjoyed it and I ended up laughing for all the wrong reasons.
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on 22 November 2014
Total 80s nostalgia was my favourite film got my best friend and I into cycling when we were kids. Still good to watch today
Quality of the film is a bit vhs so probably not worth getting the hd version as I did.
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on 19 January 2015
Been trying to watch this film for years. The first film I bought on VHS. Glad I signed up and could watch it. Love this film, has a little bit of everything. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. The action scenes are great. Typical 80's soundtrack but love it.
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on 6 June 2015
Great film, one of my all time favourites, very pricey but worth it. I wore the video out and have been looking for this on DVD for years, great you get it in English & German, came quick and great picture quality.
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on 29 December 2015
Been after a proper copy of this for at least ten years !! ..arrived from Germany uber quick too..awesome movie :-) p.s plays English no problem
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on 19 May 2014
this brings back memories. fun film with a great soundtrack if you dont take it too seriously! worth a watch!
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on 11 February 2015
Loved this film when I was younger and twenty five years later, still love it !
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on 5 December 2014
Great product wife has wanted this for a long time very happy
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