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?
, who speaks fluent French, originally wanted the part of the French girl. She tried to audition in disguise by wearing a black wig and speaking in a French accent. But the part had already been cast and she was given the role of Suzy instead. Soles later wore the same black wig in Private Benjamin
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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
God-damned see-thru coffee!
He was very sickly until he started riding around on that bicycle.
Yeah... well... now his body's fine, but his mind is gone.
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