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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Bart A. Reed ... Student (uncredited)

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
Don Smetzer .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Snow .... costumer: ladies
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Cohen .... assistant editor
Jonathan Day .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Michael King .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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
Gary Russell .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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101 min
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Trivia:
First of three collaborations of writer Steve Tesich and director Peter Yates. The second would be Eyewitness (1981) and the third Eleni (1985). Tesich won a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Breaking Away (1979).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the Little 500 race, before the accident involving Dave Stoller, there's a shot of Dave racing out in front of the pack with his leg bandaged and his feet taped to the pedals.See more »
Quotes:
Dad:No, I don't feel lucky to be alive! I feel lucky I'm not dead. There's a difference.See more »
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Soundtrack:
M' apparì tutt' amorSee more »

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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Captures a Moment, 1 August 2000
Author: (mashman@mindspring.com) from North Carolina

Do you remember that time in your life when you were no longer a teenager but not yet an adult? That time in your life when, for the very first time, you had to begin to make decisions that could affect the outcome of your life. There is no movie that captures this time, the transition from teenager to adulthood, quite as well as Peter Yates' superb film Breaking Away.

The story takes place in Bloomington, Indiana, (home to Indiana University) one of the bigger college towns in America. It concerns the rivalry between the rich, snobbish college kids and the local townies (called cutters because there fathers cut limestone in the local quarries to build the college, among other things.) The cutters are played superbly by Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley. There is not a false note in any of their performances with Quaid and Christopher special stand-outs. It is interesting to note that of the four, only Quaid and Stern went on to bigger and better things.

What really carries this movie though, are the universal themes that everyone can relate to. We can all relate to at least one of the stars, everyone has gone through what they are going through. Most people realize it as one of the more difficult times in their life (as it is for the characters portrayed in the movie.) What carries them through is their friendship with one another, and the support that that gives them. The movie also touches upon family and how hard it is sometimes to communicate with parents, who always (hopefully) love but sometimes just don't understand. Special mention must be made of Paul Dooley (who plays the father of Dennis Christopher), how he did not receive an oscar nomination much less win the coveted statue, for his performance, remains a mystery to this day. Barbara Barrie is also excellent as the mother.

The story follows the cutters as they try to prove to the college kids that they are real human beings, not outcasts to be looked down upon. As one of the cutters is a champion bike rider, the climax of the film and the contest to prove their worthiness, comes down to the Little 500 Bike Race. This is an annual bike race that is still held at IU and is one of the seminal sporting events of the college year (the screenwriter Steve Tesich, who won an oscar for his screenplay, actually won the Little 500). It is the perfect ending for this remarkable and uplifting film.

Praise must be given to everyone involved with the production, there is not a false note throughout the movie. Peter Yates did a superb job of taking relatively unknown actors coupled with tough subject matter and turning it into a minor classic.

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