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Dave Stoller (Character)
from Breaking Away (1979)

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Breaking Away (1979)
Cyril: Hey! Are you really gonna shave your legs?
Dave: Certo! All the Italians do it.
Mike: Ah. Some country. The women don't shave theirs.

Moocher: Hey, come on in, Dave.
Dave: Nah, I read where this Italian coach said its no good to go swimmin' right after a race.
Mike: Who's swimmin'? I'm takin' a leak.

Dave: Buon giorno, papa!
Dad: I'm not "papa." I'm your god-damned father.

Dave: Moocher, you're Catholic, right?
Moocher: Yeah.
Dave: Did you ever go to confession?
Moocher: Twice.
Dave: Did it make you feel better?
Moocher: Once.

Dave: Pop, can I have this Saturday off?
Dad: Hell no!
Dave: Eh, just this once, Pop. The Italians are coming Saturday.
Dad: I don't care if the second coming's coming!

Dad: You guys still go swimmin' in the quarries?
Dave: Sure.
Dad: So, the only thing you got to show for my 20 years of work is the holes we left behind?

Dave: You mean we might be a father?
Dad: No. I might be a father. And your mom might be a mother. And YOU might be a brother. See, that way I keep it all in the family.
Moocher: Wow! Hey, I didn't think people your age...
Dad: The next word may be your last, kid!

Dave: Everybody cheats. I just didn't know.
Dad: Well, now you know.

Moocher: [looking at Dave's beat up bike] Doesn't look that bad to me...
Dave: That's cause you don't have to ride it!
Moocher: Well, you know, you don't have to ride it either, Dave. We're not gonna beg you.
Cyril: We may plead, but we would never beg!

Moocher: [watching the college kids on campus] Sure looks like they've got it made.
Mike: That's because they're rich.
Dave: Italians are poor, but they're happy.
Mike: Yeah? Maybe in Italy.

Dave: You hear from your folks, Mooch?
Moocher: Yeah, my dad called. He wanted to know if the house was sold. He could use the money something fierce.
Dave: Well, you can come and live with me when it's sold. In Italy, everybody lives together.
Moocher: [laughs] Since you won that Italian bike, man, you've been acting weird. You're really getting to think you're Italian, aren't you?
Cyril: I wouldn't mind thinking I was somebody myself.

Dave: Have a nice trip.
Katherine: You too.
Dave: But I'm not going anywhere.
Katherine: I don't know about that.

Dave: Italianos - like the nightingales they sing. Like the eagles they fly!
Dad: Speakin' of flies, eh, you brought a helluva lot of flies in with ya.

Dave: Well, I'm supposed to take this college entrance exam.
Cyril: Are you gonna go to college?
Dave: Hell no. I just want to see if I can pass.

Dad: How you feelin'?
Dave: Tired, Pop.
Dad: Exhausted.
Dave: Yeah.
Dad: Good. Get used to it. From now on its gonna be more of the same. Let's go home.

Mom: So, you see, I think you really should go. I think you should come home, singing, with a trophy. I think you should do all those things while you can.
Dave: I win this one for you Mama.

Dave: Hell, I don't want to go to college Dad. To hell with them. I'm proud of being a cutter.
Dad: You're not a cutter. I'm a cutter.

Dad: [after Dave has taken his college entrance exam] What? Are you afraid?
Dave: Yeah, a little bit. And then there's the rest of the guys.
Dad: Well, you took the exam. Did all right, didn't you?
Dave: Yes.
Dad: Well, that's - that's good.

Dave: I was thinking of taking French, but, it's my first year. Have you ever seen la Tour de France?
French Girl: No.
Dave: No? Mon Dieu! The French riders - they're the best!

Dad: [Last lines] Hi ya, big shot!
Dave: Bon jour, Papa!

Dave: Hi, Kathy.
Katherine: [not realizing that Dave's not really the Italian guy he made himself out to be] Oh, God, what did you do to yourself?
Dave: I just, uh...
Katherine: Oh, I liked you better before. Oh, what happened to your cornicello?
Katherine: [Dave remains silent] Now you look like everybody else.
Dave: I *am* everybody else.