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American Anthem (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 27 June 1986 (USA)
Steve is a talented gymnast who has given up competition and is working at his father's bike shop. Julie is the new girl at his old gym, who has moved to town to train with their powerful ... See full summary »


Albert Magnoli


Evan Archerd (screenplay), Evan Archerd (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitchell Gaylord ... Steve Tevere (as Mitch Gaylord)
Tiny Wells Tiny Wells ... Jake
Janet Jones ... Julie Lloyd
Michael Pataki ... Coach Soranhoff
Patrice Donnelly Patrice Donnelly ... Danielle
R.J. Williams ... Mikey Tevere
John Aprea ... Mr. Tevere
Michelle Phillips ... Linda Tevere
Katherine Gosney Katherine Gosney ... Landlady
Stacy Maloney Stacy Maloney ... Kirk Baker
Peter Tramm Peter Tramm ... Ron Denver
Maria Anz Maria Anz ... Becky Cameron
Jenny Ester Jenny Ester ... Tracy Prescott
Andrew White Andrew White ... Arthur
Dick McGarvin Dick McGarvin ... Announcer Prelim Meet


Steve is a talented gymnast who has given up competition and is working at his father's bike shop. Julie is the new girl at his old gym, who has moved to town to train with their powerful coach. Inspired by Julie, Steve resumes training. While dealing with the conflicts in their personal lives and the stress of training, they prepare for the US Olympic Trials. Written by Caitlin

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Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Días rebeldes See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,867,969, 29 June 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


During the second half of the 80s, Maik Belle decided to throw what American Anthem called a "Triffus," which is a full-twisting triple back. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK releases are cut by 3 seconds. See more »


Referenced in Hot Rod (2007) See more »


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a horrible dismount..
21 October 2011 | by mbat19See all my reviews

Coming off the highly successful 1984 summer olympics and seen as the hearthtrob of the games, Mitch Gaylord took his shot at the movies with this pic. The plot, such as it is, has Gaylord playing a gymnast, quite a stretch, who meets the new girl in town Janet Jones who is the only thing worth looking at in the movie, as they train for the olympics with a strict coach. Guess what, they fall for each other too. Obvious plot, dumb writing, clichés everywhere. Only if you are a fan of gymnastics, Mitch Gaylord, or Janet Jones and even then there are other choices out there. This and Kurt Thomas' Gymkata were the two and thankfully the only 2 gymnastic movies released. We were spared a Mary Lou Retton and a Domonique Moceanu movie luckily... My rating is one only because there is no zero

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