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Breaking Away (1979)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dave
... Mike
... Cyril
... Moocher
... Mom
... Dad
... Katherine
... Rod
... Nancy
... Doctor
... Mike's Brother
Lisa Shure ... French Girl
Jennifer K. Mickel ... Girl
... Suzy (as Pamela Jayne Soles)
David K. Blase ... 500 Race Announcer
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Best friends Dave, Mike, Cyril and Moocher have just graduated from high school. Living in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, they are considered "cutters": the working class of the town so named since most of the middle aged generation, such as their parents, worked at the local limestone quarry, which is now a swimming hole. There is great animosity between the cutters and the generally wealthy Indiana University students, each group who have their own turf in town. The dichotomy is that the limestone was used to build the university, which is now seen as being too good for the locals who built it. Although each of the four is a totally different personality from the other three, they also have in common the fact of being unfocused and unmotivated in life. The one slight exception is Dave. Although he has no job and doesn't know what to do with his life, he is a champion bicycle racer. He idolizes the Italian cycling team so much he pretends to be Italian, much to the chagrin... Written by Huggo

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The movie that tells you exactly what you can do with your high school diploma! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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20 July 1979 (USA)  »

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Bambino  »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,702, 15 July 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,424,918
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The name of the central character name of Dave Stoller (played by Dennis Christopher) was an amalgam of the first name of real-life Little 500 Champion David K. Blase and the last name of Bob Stohler, the manager of its cycling team. Both of the film's top-billed actors were named Dennis (Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid). See more »

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I believe I saw on a campus scene a large "I" which I think is the logo for the University Of Illinois whereas the movie is in Indiana. See more »

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Dad: What's the matter? What are you cryin' for? I think you lost your wallet or something. I didn't want you to be this miserable. A little bit's all I asked for.
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Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie
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Sung by Dennis Quaid with modified lyrics (Deliver Me From The A&P)
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Simply the best.
24 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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