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?
The name of the bicycle race was "The Little 500". According to Indiana University's Office of Communications and Marketing, the Little 500 bicycle race began in 1951 as a fund-raiser for scholarship money for working students. The race was created by the late Howard S. "Howdy" Wilcox (Howard S. Wilcox
), who patterned it after the Indianapolis 500, which his father had won in 1919. He was inspired by a bicycle race he saw involving students racing around a dormitory, with several women leaning out of windows and cheering them on. See more
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
You know what?
I'm leaving home, that's what.
What? Where are you going?
About 5 blocks south.
I found this little place, it's so cute I could scream.
Referenced in QI: France
The Star Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Played and Sung by people at the 500 Race, led by Jennifer F. Nolan See more