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Breaking Away (1979)

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

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Rod
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Suzy (as Pamela Jayne Soles)
David K. Blase ...
500 Race Announcer
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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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The movie that tells you exactly what you can do with your high school diploma! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »

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20 July 1979 (USA)  »

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Bambino  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,702, 15 July 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,424,918
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David K. Blase: The real life Little 500 cyclist as a Little 500 Race Announcer. See more »

Goofs

The scene were Dave is chasing the Cinzano truck towards Indianapolis, he passes fields of corn at least 5-6' tall. As this occurred prior to the Little 500, which is held in early spring, it is doubtful the corn would have grown to that nearly harvest stage in early spring. See more »

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Mike: You know, I used to think I was a really great quarterback in high school. I still think so too. Can't even bring myself to light a cigarette, cause I keep thinkin' I gotta stay in shape. - You know what really gets me though? I mean, here I am, I gotta live in this stinkin' town and I gotta read in the newspapers about some hot shot kid - new star of the college team. Every year its gonna be a new one. And every year its never gonna be me. I'm just gonna be Mike. Twenty year old Mike. Thirty ...
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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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A Hidden Film Gem
13 January 2004 | by 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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