American Anthem (1986)

“He hasn’t let me down. It’s just the opposite. ” – Steve Tevere

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A former Football star vies for a spot on the US Gymnastics team.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out because my 4 teenage sisters were all goo-goo eyed over the fact that Olympic Gold Medalist Mitch Gaylord was starring in a film.

I steered clear of this one for years and somehow came across it recently so I decided to give it a try.

Boy was it horrendous.

This film is really really boring and doesn’t make much sense as presented.

The whole point of this film was to try and help Gaylord make the transition to the screen from the podium but one needs to have acting ability for that to work.

The story and characters all seem much too wooden in all that they say or do and that hurts things too much.

It’s extremely difficult to care about anything that happens here because it’s all so boring and silly.

One would think that the gymnastic parts could be more fascinating to watch, but even those scenes are poorly done.

The biggest problem of all is that they assume that the audience understands everything about the sport and they fail to explain things in a more comprehensive manner that would help make us care even more.

Gaylord has terrible chemistry with all of his co-stars and there is a reason he never made it big in the film industry and stayed doing what he is best at.

Bottom Line – Extremely boring 80’s sports film that hoped that they could take an Olympic Gold Medalist and make him a heartthrob movie star. Suffice it to say it doesn’t work at all. The entire story and characters come across much too wooden in all that they do. It’s really hard to care about anything that happens to any of these characters because none of them are developed well enough for us to care about them at all.  Even the gymnastic parts of this film are hard t get through because nothing is given much of an explanation and we are expected to understand it all as is. Gaylord isn’t a leading man and has no chemistry with any of the other characters. Glad he stuck to what he is good at and stayed away from films after this one.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (1/10)


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