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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Mom
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Dad
Robyn Douglass ...
Katherine
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Rod
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Doctor
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Mike's Brother
Lisa Shure ...
French Girl
Jennifer K. Mickel ...
Girl
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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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Dave, Mike, Cyril and Moocher are... BREAK ING AWAY 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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$2,300,000 (estimated)
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The name of the central character name of Dave Stoller (played by Dennis Christopher) was an amalgam of the first name of real-life Little 500 Champion David K. Blase and the last name of Bob Stohler, the manager of its cycling team. Both of the film's top-billed actors were named Dennis (Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid). See more »

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Visible in the upper corner of a mirror when Dave is talking to his parents in the dining room. 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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Robyn Douglass See more »

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Referenced in Reba: Skating Away (2002) See more »

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Symphony No. 4 in A major (Italian Symphony), Op. 90
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Sweet but not saccharine
26 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was a pleasant surprise. No sex, no violence, no special effects. Just an incredibly literate and humorous script (which won an Oscar for Steve Tesich) and fantastic performances by the four leads. This is a film for those who still believe that good cinema requires meaningful dialogue and acting that is achingly real in its sincerity. Don't get me wrong: sex and violence have a very real and justifiable place in film; but this movie would have suffered from such a gratuitous inclusion. Peter Yates, the director, has done a fantastic job of pacing the film, and the score, consisting mostly of Rossini overtures, and excerpts from Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony (#4 in A Major, Op. 90), is an inspired touch, adding precisely the right atmosphere. This is the kind of low-budget triumph that the film community constantly extols for P.R. purposes, yet never supports with actual awards.


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