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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 ...
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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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The movie that tells you exactly what you can do with your high school diploma! 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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First of two [to date, March 2015] collaborations of actors Daniel Stern and Dennis Quaid. Their second would be around nine years later on the motion picture film noir remake D.O.A. (1988). See more »

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When passing the truck, the entire crew is reflected in the truck's bumper. See more »

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Dad: I was proud of my work. And the buildings went up. When they were finished the damnedest thing happened. It was like the buildings were too good for us. Nobody told us that. It just felt uncomfortable, that's all.
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Robyn Douglass See more »

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Featured in The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards (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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A Hidden Film Gem
13 January 2004 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

How could anyone not like this movie? It's one of the few realistic coming of age stories. The characters are really likeable and the acting is great too. What is so bad about being a "cutter"? To me it seems kinda cool. "Don't forget to punch the clock shorty!"


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