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Breaking Away (1979)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sport  -  20 July 1979 (USA)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

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Best friends Dave, Mike, Cyril and Moocher have just graduated from high school. Living in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, they are considered "cutters": the working class of the town so named since most of the middle aged generation, such as their parents, worked at the local limestone quarry, which is now a swimming hole. There is great animosity between the cutters and the generally wealthy Indiana University students, each group who have their own turf in town. The dichotomy is that the limestone was used to build the university, which is now seen as being too good for the locals who built it. Although each of the four is a totally different personality from the other three, they also have in common the fact of being unfocused and unmotivated in life. The one slight exception is Dave. Although he has no job and doesn't know what to do with his life, he is a champion bicycle racer. He idolizes the Italian cycling team so much he pretends to be Italian, much to the chagrin... Written by Huggo

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In the Little 500 race the bikes are single-speed with a coaster brake and small gear wheel on the rear hub. In close-ups of Dave pedaling, however, the upper and lower halves of his chain are parallel, indicating the presence of a dérailleur just beyond the edge of the frame. See more »

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Mike: That's the place to be right there, Wyoming! Nothin' but prairies and mountains and nobody around. All you need is your bed roll and a good horse.
Cyril: Don't forget your toothbrush! You're still in your cavity-prone years.
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Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie
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Sung by Dennis Quaid with modified lyrics (Deliver Me From The A&P)
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Four men try to cope with the growing pains of living in "smalltown" USA.
6 August 1998 | by (Fort Collins, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This movie is a wonderful depiction of four Indiana men who try to grow up and make decisions about their futures. They all have their own problems to deal with but all need each other in dealing with their situations. Being outcasts in town, they turn to each other for hope and understanding. Being "less privileged" than others their age, they learn to make the best of what they have...each other. This is a great movie about growing up and how everyone deals differently with the obstacles they are dealt with. Dennis Christopher leads this all-star cast in a movie that should be watched by the young and old. It is a compelling saga of how these young men conquer the everpresent problem of trying to fit in.


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