AMERICAN FLYERS SHOWING

Join former members of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team and celebrated guests for a special showing of American Flyers at the historic Avalon Theatre as part of Grand Junction’s Movie on the Rocks series.

About the Movie

American Flyers takes you on the road for an exciting world-class cycling competition as two brothers struggle to win a race and regain the respect and affection they once shared. “Tour of the Moon” at the Colorado National Monument, is a legendary part of Coors Classic and a stage in the film’s featured race.

Achievement-oriented Marcus (Kevin Costner) is a nationally-ranked cyclist. Younger brother David (David Grant) is a drifter, content to cruise through life on a 10-speed. Time-and the painful events surrounding their father’s death-have turned the siblings’ differences into an open rift. So they try to bridge the gap by competing together in the Hell of the West, a grueling race through the Rocky Mountains. For the first time ever, the brothers train and race side-by-side…while each privately confronts a nagging fear: the congenital ailment that struck down their father could just suddenly strike one of them. Writer Steve Tesich, and Academy Award winner for his bike-racing opus Breaking Away, now captures the sport’s excitement on an even larger scale. Against the backdrop of the Coors International Classic, the U.S.’s largest, most prestigious race, Tesich and director John Badham craft a dazzling, spirit-soaring spectacle.

SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN FRIDAY NIGHT, EXPERIENCE IT IN PERSON SATURDAY MORNING!

American Flyers takes you on the road for an exciting world-class cycling competition as two brothers struggle to win a race and regain the respect and affection they once shared. “Tour of the Moon” at the Colorado National Monument, is a legendary part of Coors Classic and a stage in the film’s featured race. The movie will begin at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 28th with Q&A to immediately follow. Admission for the general public is $20 plus service fees and includes a signature cocktail, light hors-d’oeuvres and popcorn. Use Code TOM2018 when purchasing tickets online and receive a special 10% discount. American Flyers-themed costumes are encouraged!

Did You Know?

The 7-Eleven Cycling Team that is featured in the movie was a real life team that competed in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in the ’80s. The team was later sponsored by Motorola. Much of the race action was filmed at the Coors Classic, a now-defunct stage race that was one of the world’s leading cycling events at the time of the film.

ShaverSport, the company that sponsors Marcus and David in The Hell of the West, is an actual company based in Colorado that just recently closed its doors. It was formed in 1980 by competitive cyclist Bob Shaver with its mission being to produce quality cycling wear. ShaverSport was asked by Warner Brothers to design the clothing for the film. ShaverSport was known for its Hell of the West replica jerseys that are featured in the film.

 

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