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Breaking Away (1979)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 202774161
UPC: 024543029090
UPC 14: 00024543029090
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A small-town teen obsessed with the italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2002909
Video UPC UPC: 00024543029090
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dennis Quaid
Video Cast Info Robyn Douglass
Video Cast Info Barbara Barrie
Video Cast Info Dennis Christopher
Video Cast Info Paul Dooley
Video Cast Info Jackie Earle Haley
Video Cast Info Daniel Stern
Video Cast Info Patrick Williams - Composer
Video Cast Info Lionel Newman - Music Director
Video Cast Info Steve Tesich - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Matthew F. Leonetti - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Peter Yates - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Yates - Director

Memorable Quotes

"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|"He's shaving!"----Dad|"Well, so what!"----Evelyn|"He's shaving his legs!"----Dad

"Refund?! Refund!?"----Dad

Professional Reviews

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

New York Times
Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1979" 12/30/1979 p.II:1

[Quaid] makes a vivid impression." 06/01/2005 p.122

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Christopher,Dennis
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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