Breaking Away

Breaking Away

DVD - 2011
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When top-notch cyclist Dave learns that the world's bicycling champions are always Italian, he attempts to turn himself into an Italian, driving his parents crazy. But everything changes after he meets the Italian racing team, an encounter that ultimately leads him and his friends to challenge the local college boys in the town's annual bike race. --container.

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ba_library
Apr 22, 2019

One of my favorite films from the 1980s (released in 1979). A group of working class guys from Bloomington, Indiana decide to race in the city bike race. They are all offspring of fathers who worked in the stone quarries better known to locals as “cutters”. The cutter guys are not very ambitious (no college, no jobs , etc.) except Dave who is a cycling enthusiast who dreams of cycling like his Italian heroes; he takes on an Italian personality—speaking Italian, following the Cinzano racing team. His father, a former cutter who now runs a used car lot, gets irritated with the “eyetalian” and the ini food that obsesses his son. Bloomington is home to Indiana University and the college kids and the cutters are often at odds. The University sponsors an Indy 500 open to local teams of four. The cutter guys want to join and make Dave cycle the entire race, but things never go according to plan. Fun to see a young Dennis Quad and the other young actors I always associate with this film. I recently borrowed The Birth of a Nation DVD and Jackie Earle Haley was in it and I’m thinking—hey, it’s Moocher! Fun DVD, no swearing or nudity and you will end of rooting and cheering for the underdog cutters.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jan 11, 2018

It was great to see the movie again for the first time in decades. The story still brings laughs and appreciation of the lives of the characters, and even forty years later, many of the themes of the story are still relevant.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 03, 2018

Breaking Away is a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. It is, in fact, a treasure.

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REB1089
Jul 01, 2017

A more accurate description would be "four teenage friends from working class backgrounds, recently graduated from high school, find an unlikely source of direction in the form of a collegiate bicycle race."

LPL_TriciaK Jun 02, 2016

It's worth it just to see very young versions of actors Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern. Sweet movie that is super for college-town viewers. A must-see!

LPL_ShirleyB Jun 01, 2016

A timeless bicycle film from 1979. This movie of summer angst has a lot of heart and real insight into ordinary people struggling in the divide of town vs ‘gown’ -- in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 19, 2016

Fun light hearted movie!

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LibraryUser53
Nov 25, 2014

Close to a perfect movie. Great script, interesting plot, believably presented. Pretty good acting too, from a young cast. Most viewers will relate to this universal story, about that brief time in life, the months following high school graduation, where everything seems possible. And things about life begin to change. The 'Sugar Mountain' life slowly, inexorably, dissolves. Pursuits which were at best games and hobbies before, now become obsessions. And the subsequent problems of obsessed youth follow. Highly recommended.

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vegeboy
Aug 21, 2014

I really enjoyed this. The characters are endearing, especially the main character Dave. A story from a different time that's for sure - a more innocent age. Lots of cycling - it probably helps if you like cycling, but worth watching for everyone - cover says it won loads of awards. Sunny.

B__Lee Aug 11, 2011

Forgotten classic: charming coming-of-age story from the 80's about a group of blue-collar Indiana friends having to decide what comes next after High School - especially when the luxury of a college education seems financially out of reach.

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Sep 25, 2008

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