Breaking Away

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Released 1979

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Director:
Peter Yates
Released:
1979
Rating:
PG

Breaking Away is an inspirational coming-of-age athletic drama directed by Peter Yates. Released in 1979, Breaking Away tells the story of young Dave Stohler (Dennis Christopher), a recent high school graduate who aspires to cycling superstardom. Ashamed of his blue-collar background, Dave invents a fictitious back story for himself and pretends to be a foreign student in order to woo the beautiful Katherine (Robyn Douglass). At the same time, Dave is training intensely in preparation for a major international cycling tournament. Joined by his neighborhood friends Mike (Dennis Quaid), Cyril (Daniel Stern) and Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley), Dave struggles to individualize from his parents (Barbara Barrie and Ray Doolie) and make choices that will help him fulfill his cycling ambitions. Breaking Away is widely regarded as one of the finest cycling films ever made and has been popular with critics and viewers since it appeared in theaters. This film will be appreciated by anyone who has ever dreamt of athletic glory!

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

  • 90

    NPR

    The way the movie handles cycling, which isn't one of cinema's more heavily covered sports, introduces another entire dimension and transforms Breaking Away from a nice character p...

  • 90

    Time Out London

    Class conflict and small town chauvinism are the subject of Yates' ingenious youth movie, a film which intrigues as much by its portait of working-class America bitterly opposed to...

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Comedy, Drama, Sports

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Bicycling