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
Somewhere between growing up and settling down... [Australia Theatrical]
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When Dave finds out about the Italian team coming to race in Indianapolis he reattaches the front wheel to his cycle, leaving the quick-release lever pointing forward. However, in the next shot with the postman, the lever is facing to the rear. See more
You hear from your folks, Mooch?
Yeah, my dad called. He wanted to know if the house was sold. He could use the money something fierce.
Well, you can come and live with me when it's sold. In Italy, everybody lives together.
Since you won that Italian bike, man, you've been acting weird. You're really getting to think you're Italian, aren't you?
I wouldn't mind thinking I was someone myself.
Referenced in Cocoon: The Return
Symphony No. 4 in A major (Italian Symphony), Op. 90
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy See more