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Breaking Away -- A small-town teen obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

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Writer:
Steve Tesich (written by)
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Release Date:
20 July 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Somewhere between growing up and settling down... [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
A small-town teen obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 15 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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A film to treasure!!! See more (91 total) »

Cast

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Dennis Christopher ... Dave

Dennis Quaid ... Mike

Daniel Stern ... Cyril

Jackie Earle Haley ... Moocher

Barbara Barrie ... Mom

Paul Dooley ... Dad
Robyn Douglass ... Katherine

Hart Bochner ... Rod

Amy Wright ... Nancy

Peter Maloney ... Doctor

John Ashton ... Mike's Brother
Lisa Shure ... French Girl
Jennifer K. Mickel ... Girl

P.J. Soles ... Suzy (as Pamela Jayne Soles)
David K. Blase ... 500 Race Announcer
William S. Armstrong ... 500 Race Official
Howard S. Wilcox ... 500 Race Official
J.F. Brière ... Mr. York (as J.F. Briere)
Carlos Sintes ... Italian Rider
Eddy Van Guyse ... Italian Rider
Alvin E. Bailey ... Stone Cutter
Harold Elgar ... Stone Cutter
Floyd E. Todd ... Stone Cutter
Robert Woolery ... Stone Cutter
Russell E. Freeman ... Stone Cutter
Jimmy Grant ... Black Student Leader
Gail L. Horton ... Fight Spectator
Woody Hueston ... Owner of Car Wash
Jennifer F. Nolan ... Anthem Singer
Nora Owens ... Woman
Douglas Rafferty ... Sports Announcer
Bill Ringgenberg ... Race Starter
John W. Ryan ... University President (as Dr. John W. Ryan)
Morris Salzman ... Blond Guy
Tom Schwoegler ... Team Captain
Mike Silveus ... Homecoming Car Kid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregg Forrest ... (uncredited)

Tom Ohmer ... Fraternity Jock (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Yates 
 
Writing credits
Steve Tesich (written by)

Produced by
Art Levinson .... associate producer
Peter Yates .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Cynthia Scheider (edited by)
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Art Direction by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
 
Set Decoration by
Lee Poll 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
 
Makeup Department
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
 
Production Management
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... second assistant director (as Bill Beasley)
Michael Grillo .... assistant director (as Mike Grillo)
 
Art Department
Mark Wade .... property master
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... production mixer
Neil L. Kaufman .... assistant sound editor
Michael Moyse .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer (as Ted Soderberg)
Paul Wells .... re-recording mixer
Douglas O. Williams .... re-recording mixer
Brydon Baker III .... sound (uncredited)
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Dennis Christopher (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Dennis Quaid (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Glennon .... camera operator
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Mike Weathers .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Snow .... costumer: ladies
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Cohen .... assistant editor
Jonathan Day .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
John Neal .... scoring mixer
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Val Stuart .... singer: opera arias
Patrick Williams .... music adaptor
 
Transportation Department
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation coordinator (as Jerry Johnson)
 
Other crew
William S. Armstrong .... technical advisor: "Little 500"
James Koehler .... location auditor
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Elise Rohden .... production coordinator
Gary Rybar .... bicycle coach
Gary Rybar .... bicycle rider
Tom Schwoegler .... bicycle coach
Tom Schwoegler .... bicycle mechanic
Michael King .... location manager (uncredited)
Gary Russell .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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101 min
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Trivia:
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".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Immediately after Mike dives into the quarry and swims into the refrigerator the scene switches to Dave and Moocher talking. The quarry surface is clearly visible in the background, but shows no ripples despite Mike's dive.See more »
Quotes:
Dad:God-damned see-thru coffee!
Mom:He was very sickly until he started riding around on that bicycle.
Dad:Yeah... well... now his body's fine, but his mind is gone.
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Soundtrack:
M' apparì tutt' amorSee more »

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41 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A film to treasure!!!, 5 January 2000

Breaking Away is a picture that is better than the sum of its parts. Oh, its parts are wonderful. The writing is sharp, observant, and funny (It won an Oscar!), the acting is superb (how Paul Dooley was nixed a nomination never mind the award I'll never know), and it is a well shot film. But its charms go even deeper. It is the story of four young men in their late teens, who are staring adulthood in the face after a year of leisure in the "small town" of Bloomington, Indiana, and how they deal with watching successful college kids pass them by. It is also about a young man in search of an identity (including that of a Italian bicycle racer), and of a family that is loving and supportive, almost in spite of itself. All these add up to a richly enjoyable, deeply moving family picture that gives us many moments to treasure (a large number include Paul Dooley as the frustrated and confused, but eventually loving father). Like other sports movies (the lead character races bicycles), it has a contest at the end, and like many much poorer ones, it ends with triumph. But we cheer not only for these immensely likeable "cutters," but for ourselves, for being treated to this bittersweet, touching, and wonderful movie.

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