A few weeks ago, Gymkata, starring former Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas, was the topic from the Forgotten 80s. This week, I’ve chosen another movie that stars a former Olympic gymnast.
Mitch Gaylord won Gold on the men’s gymnastic team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1986, the movie American Anthem came out, featuring Gaylord as a gymnast trying to making the U.S. National Team. The role wasn’t much of a stretch for him. Gaylord’s love interest is played by Janet Jones, who in 1988 became Mrs. Wayne Gretzky, the first lady of hockey.
Here is the trailer for American Anthem:
Like many other 80s movies, American Anthem features a soundtrack heavy on MTV bands. Here’s the music video from Take It Easy, by Andy Taylor of Duran Duran from the American Anthem soundtrack:
Feel free to comment below about your impressions of this movie or other 1980s nostalgia.