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
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Did You Know?
Initially, the Indiana Student Foundation promised director Peter Yates
20,000 student extras for the final race scenes. Unfortunately, only 3,000 showed up, causing Yates to change his camera angles. See more
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
You know what I'd like to be? A cartoon of some kind. You know, like when they get hit in the head with a frying pan or something, and their head looks like the frying pan, with the handle and everything? They they just go *booiing*
and their head comes back to normal? Wouldn't that be great?
How'd you get to be so stupid, Cyril?
I don't know... I guess I just have a dumb heredity. What's your excuse, Michael?
Referenced in Casting By
Indiana, Our Indiana
(Indiana University's official fight song)
Music by Russell P. Harker
Lyrics by Karl King
Sung at the 500 Race and at the end See more