5.4/10
517
11 user 3 critic

Flying (1986)

High school student is skillful in gymnastics, but in a car accident is seriously injure. Her future will show what is stronger - dreams or reality.

Director:

Paul Lynch

Writer:

John Sheppard
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Brotherhood of Justice (TV Movie 1986)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to become underground vigilantes named "Brotherhood of Justice". It starts with the idea of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Braverman
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Loughlin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A geek takes Tara to the prom but ends up in the wrong side of LA. He wakes up in a dark alley and slowly remembers what happened to them. He "sold" Tara to a pimp. A night to remember.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Lori Loughlin, Theresa Saldana
River's Edge (1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This is actually based on a true story that took place in Milpitas, CA in the mid 80's.

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A teenager in love, who needs money to arrange his future life with his mistress, kidnaps his own father for ransom, but nobody cares.

Director: Ron Nyswaner
Stars: Fred Ward, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Bedelia
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "H.M.S. ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Silver
Stars: Alan Boyce, Keanu Reeves, Pamela Gidley
Under the Influence (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Noah Talbot is a long-time alcoholic whose drinking begins to have a devastating effect not only on his personal life but on his family as well.

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Andy Griffith, Season Hubley, Paul Provenza
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Martin works at the local radio station, which just hired a new scriptwriter with a reputation for great drama, Pedro Carmichael. Martin's aunt Julia, not related by blood, returns home ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk
Youngblood (1986)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A 17 year old farm boy is offered an ice hockey tryout. His brother drives him to Canada. He has fast legs, slow fists, but is chosen. Will he learn to use his fists and play ice hockey the Canuck way? Will he get the coach's cute daughter?

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze
Parenthood (1989)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Joey owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalie. He's also a serial womanizer. Rosalie goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt
One Step Away (1985)
Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Ron Petrie (Keanu Reeves) is a troubled teen whose life is hanging by a thread, as he's on the verge of suspension from school, subject to arrest for breaking and entering, and the cause of... See full summary »

Director: Robert Fortier
Stars: Diana Belshaw, Keanu Reeves, Kathleen Fee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor.

Director: Alfonso Arau
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia d'Abo ... Robin Crew
Rita Tushingham ... Jean Stoller
Keanu Reeves ... Tommy Warneki
Jessica Steen ... Carly Simmons
Renee Murphy Renee Murphy ... Leah Kilbourne
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Jack Crew
Samantha Langevin ... Marge Crew
Nicole Kolman Nicole Kolman ... Gillian Crew
Samantha Logan Samantha Logan ... Stacy
Anthony Kramreither Jr. Anthony Kramreither Jr. ... Mark Sanderson
Denis Simpson Denis Simpson ... Fred Stoner
Eugene Clark ... Roy Teler
Louis Tucci ... Leo
Dayle Sunohara Dayle Sunohara ... Tami
Sasha Ivanochko Sasha Ivanochko ... Rhonda Hamilton
Edit

Storyline

Robin and her father have a car accident. Her father dies. Robin is badly injured and cannot compete in gymnasics tournaments anymore. Shattered dreams. She lives with her mother and bad step-father. Robin is accepted to the school atlethics team but is not accepted by some other girls, so she works out at a friends house. Eventually Robin and her team compete in the national scholastic meet. Written by Ivo Kroone <ab2693@triton.heao.hsa.nl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and nudity

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1986 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream to Believe See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Robin: For me, when I'm out there tumbling across those mats, I change. It's like a whole other kind of world. Someplace... better. When that happens, it's like nothing can touch me. I guess that's how birds feel when they're flying.
See more »

Soundtracks

It's Your Turn
Performed by Lynn Davis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cheesy Flashdance Lite. (spoilers)
18 December 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

What an insult to Olivia D'Abo who plays the film's heroine, Robin, to have Keanu Reeves appear so large on the box art of the film (and at least on recent reissues, to have only Reeves appear on the box), considering that she was the star. I realize that it is his name that will ultimately sell this long-forgotten After School Special, but at least give the woman some credit.

Despite that, this has to be one of the worst teen sports-themed films that I have ever seen, and it strives very hard to add not only every teen and sports movie cliché from the class warfare between the feuding gymnasts to the teen romance. And, in striving to somehow deliver itself as an amateur alternative of Flashdance (with the music in one of the warehouse dance scenes is even quite close to Michael Sembello's notable 'Maniac' which was made famous by Flashdance, or was it the other way around?). It includes similar dance sequences and worse yet, even the 80s dance and sports traditions of corny dance-offs between the heroine and her antagonist(s), the one who doubts her successes and abilities on the team. We saw this in Trashin' (a vert ramp joust) and Rad (BMX dancing at the prom, although it wasn't much for competition, but rather for fun) for example. In fact, this movie is chock full of unrealistic corniness, such as the somewhat homo-erotic rolling in the clothes at the Salvation Army with Robin and her friend from the team.

Nonetheless, the film is about a young girl who comes from a rather poor background. To top it off in a massive need to squeeze from audiences as much sympathy as possible, she lives with her ailing mother, her obnoxious sister, and her careless (and slightly abusive) stepfather. Needless to say, homelife is not so appealing. Add to the mix, a talent for gymnastics, but several obstacles to joining the team (including the nuisance of her arrogant, snobby teammates, and a coach who also eventually doubts her abilities to compete well). And, of course, we can't forget that she's got eyes for one of the pretty boy preppies who is dating one of the obnoxious teammates, nor that she doesn't have a steady boyfriend (although Keanu as Tommy later enters the picture). Could this kid be any more pathetic? And it seems that one mess after another comes along to embarrass herself in her painfully long, redundant, and clichéd quest to prove her worth to everyone.

But, even the major moments of cheesiness which comprise most of the film, are hardly worth mentioning considering that the biggest distraction to this film is the horrible acting and dialog. (I like how the gym coach suddenly appears at the diner in the middle of the dance-off to scold the teammates). It makes episodes of 'Amazing Stories' look like Shakespeare.

I imagine anyone able to locate this film and watch it these days is probably drawn to it mostly because of the nostalgic factor. For that you might be satisfied, but it is also an incredibly forced drama. So, Caveat Emptour.


9 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed