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Breaking Away -- A bicycle enthusiast in a small college town spends his post-High school summer trying to sort out his future while training for the two biggest races of his life.
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 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:
Simply the best. 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
 
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:
The "Cutters" team won the race in 2004, the 25th anniversary of the film in a much similar fashion to the ending of the film by beating out the "ATO" team (but the team was made up of non-Greek students, two of which were Bloomington locals who were attending Indiana University).See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Visible in the upper corner of a mirror when Dave is talking to his parents in the dining room.See more »
Quotes:
Mike:That's the place to be right there, Wyoming! Nothin' but prairies and mountains and nobody around. All you need is your bed roll and a good horse.
Cyril:Don't forget your toothbrush! You're still in your cavity-prone years.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Reba: Skating Away (#2.2)" (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 4 in A major (Italian Symphony), Op. 90See more »

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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Simply the best., 24 May 2000
Author: bigpappa1-2

Dennis Christopher stars as a local cutter in a small college town. He and his friends enter a crucial bike race that can make them or break them. This film offers great insight into its characters. Christopher is exceptional, and has never been better. He is supported by a first rate cast, especially Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley as his mom and dad. Brillantley directed, edited, and scored, plus the film makes very effective use of its beautiful cinmeatography. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat. Now this is what movies are all about,

This moving drama is on my top ten favorite films of all time. And it should have won the best picture Oscar in 1979, instead of Kramer vs. Kramer. Rating: A PERFECT 10 out of 10.

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