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Breaking Away (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 20 July 1979 (USA)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robyn Douglass ...
Mike's Brother
Lisa Shure ...
French Girl
Jennifer K. Mickel ...
Suzy (as Pamela Jayne Soles)
David K. Blase ...
500 Race Announcer


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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20 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bambino  »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some movie posters for this film broke up the film's title vertically so it actually appeared like three words instead of two: "BREAK
  • ING - AWAY".

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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 »


[as they go for a marriage license:]
Moocher: I wonder if I have to have a job to qualify.
Nancy: I don't think so. I think it's mostly blood and relatives that they're interested in.
Moocher: Blood and relatives... well, that's great. I got both of them.
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Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie
Traditional ballad
Sung by Dennis Quaid with modified lyrics (Deliver Me From The A&P)
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Simply the best.
24 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Dennis Christopher stars as a local cutter in a small college town. He and his friends enter a crucial bike race that can make them or break them. This film offers great insight into its characters. Christopher is exceptional, and has never been better. He is supported by a first rate cast, especially Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley as his mom and dad. Brillantley directed, edited, and scored, plus the film makes very effective use of its beautiful cinmeatography. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat. Now this is what movies are all about,

This moving drama is on my top ten favorite films of all time. And it should have won the best picture Oscar in 1979, instead of Kramer vs. Kramer. Rating: A PERFECT 10 out of 10.

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