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Breaking Away

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1979
  • Peter Yates
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern. Along with his friends, Dave Stohler is having trouble adjusting to life after high school. But when he pretends to be Italian to impress a college girl and gets drawn into bicycle racing against some university rivals, he finds new purpose.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Director Peter Yates's delightfully unpredictable comedy uses a local bicycle race to uncover the sexual, class and economic tensions within an all-American community. The Oscar-winning script by Steve Tesich has a wry wit and great sensitivity, and the performances are marvellous, especially from Dennis Quaid and, more particularly, Dennis Christopher, who plays a character so enamoured of the Italian cycling team that he speaks with an Italian accent, bursts into Verdi arias and re-names his cat Fellini. Costing a mere $2.4 million to make, it was destined to be dumped by the studio, but became a huge box-office success, initiating the scores of Brat Pack, rites-of-passage pictures of the 1980s.

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Credits

Cast

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Dave StohlerDennis Christopher
MikeDennis Quaid
CyrilDaniel Stern
MoocherJackie Earle Haley
Mrs StohlerBarbara Barrie
Mr StohlerPaul Dooley
KatherineRobyn Douglass
RodHart Bochner
NancyAmy Wright
DoctorPeter Maloney
Mike's brotherJohn Ashton

Crew

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DirectorPeter Yates

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1979-12-26
Languages
English | Italian | French
Guidance
Some violence, swearing
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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