Breaking Away

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Product Overview

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


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202774161
UPC 024543029090
UPC 14 00024543029090
Format DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Personal Triumph
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 bicyclists. There's only one obstacle: The leading racers are Italian, and Dave is not. A romantic dreamer, he races around his hometown, singing opera, speaking in an Italian accent, and stumping his parents with his newfangled Italian ways. When his affair with Katherine (an Italian exchange student) evokes jealousy from a few big boys on campus, Dave decides that a bike race is the only way to settle the score and prove that Cutters are not losers. The film features a remarkable performance from character actor Paul Dooley, who shines as Dave's befuddled and frustrated working-class father. Screenwriter Steve Tesich's script is an intelligent and humorous masterpiece, full of subtle humor and insightful dialogue. All the components combine to make one of the most charming comedies of all time.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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)
Quote "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)
Quote "What's the matter?"--Evelyn|"He's shaving!"--Dad|"Well, so what!"--Evelyn|"He's shaving his legs!"--Dad
Quote "Refund?! Refund!?"--Dad
New York Times "...Wonderful. Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree..." 07/18/1979 p.C22,Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1979" 12/30/1979 p.II:1
Premiere [Quaid] makes a vivid impression." 06/01/2005 p.122
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts depiction of a rootless teenage summer is delivered with delicate understatement..." 07/01/2010
Sight and Sound "[A]s fresh and funny as ever, the late-1970s details arguably enhancing the impression of an environment lagging woefully behind its occupants' ambitions." 07/01/2010
Dennis Quaid
Dennis Christopher
Jackie Earle Haley
Daniel Stern
Cast & Crew
Dennis Quaid - Star
Robyn Douglass - Star
Barbara Barrie - Star
Dennis Christopher - Star
Paul Dooley - Star
Jackie Earle Haley - Star
Daniel Stern - Star
Patrick Williams - Composer
Lionel Newman - Music Director
Steve Tesich - Screenwriter
Matthew F. Leonetti - Director of Photography
Peter Yates - Producer
Peter Yates - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 2002909
UPC 00024543029090
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Name Steve Tesich
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1979
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Christopher,Dennis
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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