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BREAKING AWAY is a winning coming-of-age story with unusually well drawn characters, smart social commentary, and a terrific ensemble of... Read More
BREAKING AWAY is a winning coming-of-age story with unusually well drawn characters, smart social commentary, and a terrific ensemble of fresh-faced actors soon to be famous. The rivalry between townies and college kids sets the scene for the story of four friends trying to figure out their future after high school graduation in Bloomington, Indiana. Raised together in the working-class quarry town, the boys consider themselves Cutters, proud of their father's heritage as limestone workers in the once prosperous factory town. But there is no future for the boys as Cutters, and not one of them has plans for college. So now that Mike (Dennis Quaid) is no longer a star quarterback, Moocher (Jackie Earl Haley) can't decide if he wants to break up or marry his girlfriend, and quick-witted Cyril (Daniel Stern) can no longer play the class clown, they have no idea what to do with themselves. Luckily, avid cyclist Dave (Dennis Christopher) knows exactly what he wants. He aspires to be one of the world's best bic... Minimize
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|Stars||Daniel Stern, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley|
|Actors||Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Robyn Douglass|
|Available Formats||DVD, DVD: Academy Awards Collection, DVD: Canadian; Gold O-Ring Packaging, DVD: Dual Side; Checkpoint, DVD: Dual Side; Sensormatic, VHS, VHS: Selections|
|UPC||024543029007, 024543029083, 024543029090, 024543029106, 024543405177, 024543428350, 086162108136|
|Subgenre||Recommended • Self-Discovery • Friends • Coming Of Age • Personal Triumph • Bucolic • Essential Cinema|
|MPAA Rating||PG (MPAA)|
|Running Time||1hr 40min|
|Professional Reviews||(06/01/2005, p.122, Andy Webster): [Quaid] makes a vivid impression.", (07/18/1979, p.C22, Janet Maslin): "...Wonderful. Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree...", (12/30/1979, p.II:1, Vincent Canby): Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1979"|
|Quotes from the Movie|
|Quotes from the Movie||
"I want an answer, Evelyn. What are we going to do with him?" Dad (Paul Dooley)
"I don't know, dear. We could strangle him in his sleep."--Evelyn (Barbara Barrie)
"They're gonna keep calling us Cutters. To them it's just a dirty word. To me, it's just something else I never got a chance to be."--Mike (Dennis Quaid) to Cyril (Daniel Stern), Dave (Dennis Christopher), and Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley)
"What's the matter?"--Evelyn
"Well, so what!"--Evelyn
"He's shaving his legs!"--Dad
Product Review Summary
13 Reviews from Epinions.com
By: pmills1210 in Movies at Epinions.com
Oct 31, 2007
Going On Twenty
Pros: Cast, script, direction, score
Cons: I'll never find one
Apr 19, 2013
"His poor parents!" - Peter Yates' Breaking Away
Pros: Screenwriting, great cycliing footage, fine acting
Cons: Hah! Check out those 1970's bike helmets!
Apr 25, 2001
Breaking Away - A Break Away Movie!
Pros: Inspirational and entertaining on several levels
Cons: Some aspects of the final race stretch credulity.
Jul 4, 2007
How fast can you become Italian?
Pros: The acting, the realism, the dream.
Cons: A bit predictable at the end.
Dec 8, 2000
Steve Tesich's Breaking Away: Bicycle racing's best and only breakout movie
Pros: bike racing, feel good movie
Cons: a smidgen of sappiness
Nov 25, 1999
Breaking Through Appearances
Pros: excellent script, fine directing, down-to-earth acting
Cons: none Read More at Epinions.com
Jul 31, 2001
Pros: The characters, Paul Dooley, it has a great inspiring story.
Cons: None that I could see, the perfect low budget film.
Nov 25, 1999
Pros: The film was filmed on location and shows the historic beauty of Indiana.
Cons: The films only con is that it is extremely under rated despite Academy Awards for best supporting actor and screenplay. Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 6, 1999
Cult Classic for bike racers!
Pros: Great story; great actors; great subject line; great location (biased, me?)
Cons: None Read More at Epinions.com