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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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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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Somewhere between growing up and settling down... [Australia Theatrical] 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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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After falling from his bike, Dave's shirt is dirty. But when he crosses the finish line minutes later, his shirt is clean and fresh. See more »

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Cyril: 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*
[shakes head]
Cyril: and their head comes back to normal? Wouldn't that be great?
Mike: How'd you get to be so stupid, Cyril?
Cyril: I don't know... I guess I just have a dumb heredity. What's your excuse, Michael?
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Featured in Sneak Previews: The Best Films of the '70s (1979) See more »

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Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie
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Traditional ballad
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 (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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