Breaking Away

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 19


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April 15, 2019



Daniel Stern as Phil Berquist
Dennis Quaid as Shark, Baseball Pitcher
Jackie Earle Haley as Braxton Red
John Ashton as Joseph Bird Sr.
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761.91 MB
23.976 fps
101 min
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1.45 GB
23.976 fps
101 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Woodyanders 9 / 10 / 10

Delightful teen coming-of-age winner

Working class small town teenager Dave (a fine and engaging performance by Dennis Christopher) aspires to be a champion cyclist and falls for college girl Katherine (an appealing portrayal by Robyn Douglass). Meanwhile, Dave's three friends -- macho Mike (a sturdy and likable turn by Dennis Quaid), smartaleck Cyril (amiable Daniel Stern), and short-tempered Moocher (an excellent Jackie Earle Haley) -- all try to figure out what they're going to due with the rest of their lives after high school. Director Peter Yates brings a real warmth and sensitivity to the engrossing story along with an ideal balance of humor and pathos. Steve Tesich's thoughtful and observant script astutely pegs the awkward transition from blithe adolescent carefreeness to grim adult responsibility, poignantly addresses the basic human desire to amount to something, and incisively explores the fierce competitiveness that exists between the haves and the have nots. Moreover, there are marvelous supporting contributions from Paul Dooley as Dave's befuddled dad, Barbara Barrie as Dave's tolerant mother, Hart Bochner as stuck-up preppie jerk Rod, and Amy Wright as the sweet Nancy. Matthew F. Leonetti's sunny cinematography provides a pretty bright look. A real treat.

Reviewed by rooster_davis 9 / 10 / 10

Why this movie works

Reading the accolades heaped on this movie by the many, many others who have reviewed it here, I can only agree with all of them. The casting, the story, the message, the beautiful cinematography (you don't have to be in California for that), this movie hits the ball out of the park on all counts. But - For me the biggest reason this movie really works is the characters. All of them well developed, well played, and we CARE about them. We get to know them easily as each has his or her own distinct personality. Just about all of them we like, and we can't help but care enough to want to see what they'll do or say next. Movies like this make me proud to be a Hoosier.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 9 / 10 / 10

Charming Film About an Impliied Class System

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It is about a group of Bloomington, Indiana friends who are not part of the University of Indiana college crowd. The come from blue color families who are, for the most part, "Cutters," which means they work in the granite quarries cutting out stone. They all have a passion, bicycling. More specifically, bicycle racing. They form a team which does reasonably well, but their chief adversaries are rich college kids who have sponsors and an attitude. One of the riders is enamored with the European bicyclists, specifically the Tour de France racers. He even learns French and impersonates the French to impress a girl. Anyway, we know that at some point a race is going to happen between these guys who call themselves "The Cutters" and the University cyclists. I won't do any spoilers. At times it gets a little contrived, but over all a delight. By the way, the the cinematography is great, especially the summer scenes in Indiana.

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