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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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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 boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 15 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Four men try to cope with the growing pains of living in "smalltown" USA. See more (97 total) »

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:

Shaun Cassidy ... Dave (young) (uncredited)
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
 
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:
In the scene where Dave admits to Catherine that he is not Italian but is actually a "Cutter" (one of the local residents), Catherine starts to walk off, then turns back and slaps him across the face. According to director Peter Yates, she did not 'fake' the slap but actually did strike him, and fairly hard at that. There were over 6 takes for this scene, with several on lookers flinching every time Dave got slapped.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The scene were Dave is chasing the Cinzano truck towards Indianapolis, he passes fields of corn at least 5-6' tall. As this occurred prior to the Little 500, which is held in early spring, it is doubtful the corn would have grown to that nearly harvest stage in early spring.See more »
Quotes:
Dave:You hear from your folks, Mooch?
Moocher:Yeah, my dad called. He wanted to know if the house was sold. He could use the money something fierce.
Dave:Well, you can come and live with me when it's sold. In Italy, everybody lives together.
Moocher:[laughs] Since you won that Italian bike, man, you've been acting weird. You're really getting to think you're Italian, aren't you?
Cyril:I wouldn't mind thinking I was someone myself.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Il barbiere di Siviglia: SinfoniaSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Four men try to cope with the growing pains of living in "smalltown" USA., 6 August 1998
Author: Bradford H. Turnow from Fort Collins, Colorado

This movie is a wonderful depiction of four Indiana men who try to grow up and make decisions about their futures. They all have their own problems to deal with but all need each other in dealing with their situations. Being outcasts in town, they turn to each other for hope and understanding. Being "less privileged" than others their age, they learn to make the best of what they have...each other. This is a great movie about growing up and how everyone deals differently with the obstacles they are dealt with. Dennis Christopher leads this all-star cast in a movie that should be watched by the young and old. It is a compelling saga of how these young men conquer the everpresent problem of trying to fit in.

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