American Anthem (1986) – Review

2 Stars

Olympic Gold Medalist Mitch Gaylord stars in this sporadically entertaining sports drama about a striving athlete who overcomes his personal problems and learns how to have faith in himself. This well used formula, about a talented but troubled rising star unable to gain the respect of his father, while romancing an attractive newcomer, is way too clich├ęd and familiar to resonate. Sporting virtually the same plot as director Magnoli’s previous film Purple Rain, this overbearing drama has moments of insight into the world of Olympic gymnastics that may be appreciated by gymnasts. Most others will be turned off by the wooden acting of the two leads and the tendency of the filmmakers to shoot the film like a 1980’s MTV Music Video.