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
The movie that tells you exactly what you can do with your high school diploma!
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Did You Know?
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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
If you eat so much, Moocher, how come you're so damned small?
Oh... It's my metabolism. I eat 3 times a day and my metabolism eats 5 times a day.
Indiana, Our Indiana
(Indiana University's official fight song)
Music by Russell P. Harker
Lyrics by Karl King
Sung at the 500 Race and at the end See more