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Breaking Away (1979)

PG  |   |  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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First produced screenplay in a cinema movie for writer Steve Tesich. The picture was the first of two feature films about cycling for Tesich, the second being American Flyers (1985). Tesich was the only person from the film to win an Oscar, for "Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen", from the film's 5 Academy Award nominations. See more »

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The sky alternates between bright blue and cloudy between shots during the race. See more »

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Dad: What are we gonna do about him?
Mom: I don't know dear. We could always strangle him while he's asleep.
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Il barbiere di Siviglia: Sinfonia
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
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A Hidden Film Gem
13 January 2004 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

How could anyone not like this movie? It's one of the few realistic coming of age stories. The characters are really likeable and the acting is great too. What is so bad about being a "cutter"? To me it seems kinda cool. "Don't forget to punch the clock shorty!"


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