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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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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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One of seven cinema movies made for the Sony owned Columbia Pictures / Tri-Star Pictures studios that were directed by Peter Yates. The films include Krull (1983), Suspect (1987), The Deep (1977), For Pete's Sake (1974), The Run of the Country (1995), The Dresser (1983), and Breaking Away (1979), with the latter three Yates also producing. See more »

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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 »

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Mike: That's the place to be right there, Wyoming! Nothin' but prairies and mountains and nobody around. All you need is your bed roll and a good horse.
Cyril: Don't forget your toothbrush! You're still in your cavity-prone years.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) See more »

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M' apparì tutt' amor
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from "Marta" (Italian version)
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Sung by Dennis Christopher
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Charming Sleeper
15 July 2000 | by (San Bernardino, CA) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie when it first came out. We had decided to go to a double feature of two movies that we had never heard of, knowing that in that day and age, a double feature meant that at least one, if not both movies, had to be pretty awful. The first film was Starting Over with Burt Reynolds, and it was fairly good. So my friends were sure that the other would have to be terrible, but we had nothing better to do, so I convinced them to stay. Before three lines of dialogue I was absolutely hooked. I have seen it at least twenty times and the witty dialogue and rapport of the characters gets me every time. The music accents the film beautifully. The cinematography is gorgeous. But the story is what really matters. Four guys finding there way in a place where they feel little hope for the future, one a dreamer whose dreams are crushed, but he finds the spirit to pick up and start dreaming again. Delightful all the way around.


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