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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The original title of Tesich's screenplay was "Bambino"; it was reportedly changed because it was felt that moviegoers would assume that the film was about Babe Ruth. 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 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.
M' apparì tutt' amor
from "Marta" (Italian version)
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Sung by Dennis Christopher See more