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Breaking Away (1979) Poster

(1979)

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Boom mic visible 

Visible in the upper corner of a mirror when Dave is talking to his parents in the dining room.
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Continuity 

When Dave is drafting behind the Cinzano semi-truck, his bike is on the small chain-ring and he is managing to travel at 50+ miles per hour. An earlier shot shows him in the large, and correct, chain-ring behind the semi.
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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.
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The sky alternates between bright blue and cloudy between shots during the race.
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At the end of the movie, Dave and the French girl are riding their bicycles away from the music school towards the main library. Then when they ride past Dave's dad, they are in front of the music school, about 400 feet back from where they were in the previous shot.
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When the policemen arrive at the café, the bowling ball stuck to Cyril's hand comes loose and breaks a window, but in the next shot it's again stuck to the hand.
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When Dave is chasing Kath with her notebook after she drops it, he chases her on his bike and he passes the Indiana Memorial Union. A few shots later, he passes it again.
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After falling from his bike, Dave's shirt is dirty. But when he crosses the finish line minutes later, his shirt is clean and fresh.
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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.
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The scene after Dave shaves his legs, we see him at the quarry with hairy legs.
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When Dave finds out about the Italian team coming to race in Indianapolis he reattaches the front wheel to his cycle, leaving the quick-release lever pointing forward. However, in the next shot with the postman, the lever is facing to the rear.
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As the Cinzano truck is being pulled over, Dave passes the truck and can be seen crossing a bridge. In another shot, you can see the truck behind Dave, on the shoulder, but no bridge.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When passing the truck, the entire crew is reflected in the truck's bumper.
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Factual errors 

In the Little 500 race the bikes are single-speed with a coaster brake and small gear wheel on the rear hub. In close-ups of Dave pedaling, however, the upper and lower halves of his chain are parallel, indicating the presence of a dérailleur just beyond the edge of the frame.
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Miscellaneous 

During the Mini 500, Dad is seen eating Noble Roman's pizza. Noble Roman's pizzas were thick, rectangular pizzas cut into rectangular slices, but his pizza slice is pie-shaped.
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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.
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The stadium for the final bike race is obviously mostly empty, with spectators being moved around.
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When Dave first collides with another bike during the race and crashes, he has blood and dirt on his leg. When he eventually comes into the "pit area" to make an exchange, there is no dirt, blood or marks visible on his leg.
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