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Breaking Away [DVD]
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Peter Yates' Oscar-winner is a heart-warming coming-of-age story that has also taken its place as the greatest sports movie about cycling ever made. Funny, moving and inspiring, Breaking Away is one of the most loved feel-good films in cinema history. Four friends graduate from high-school and find themselves looking at an uncertain future in small-town America. Dave's passion is cycling and his dream is to be a world-class champion like the Italians he idolizes. Despite being disillusioned when he finally races against his heroes, his passion for cycling takes on new meaning when he and his friends face a team from the local college in the town's annual bike race, the Little 500. Looked down on by the students Dave faces his greatest challenge yet, one that will test his endurance and spirit to the limit. NOMINATED FOR 5 OSCARS - AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD.
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The film is a piece of fiction not just in its plot but also in the details, but it is a good story. The primary character is Dave Stoller (played by Dennis Christoper), a recent high school graduate who isn't sure what to do with the rest of his life. He and his three friends Mike (a very young Dennis Quaid), Cyril (Daniel Stern) and Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley) had made a high school pact to 'waste their lives together' hanging out in the comfortable, small-town atmosphere of Bloomington. However, half the town is university, with all the ambitious, young people that such institutions bring. Dave is son of Raymond (Paul Dooley) and Evelyn (Barbara Barrie), a typical middle class working couple. Raymond makes his living as a used-car salesman, largely taking advantage of the supposedly-smarter college kids. Barbara is trying to put some romance back into their lives.
In his boredom, Dave becomes obsessed with two things - Italian culture and bicycle racing. He calls his father and mother 'papa' and 'mama', plays Italian opera (Caruso, etc.Read more ›
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Brilliant coming of age film set in Indiana. A high school senior finds his identity through cycling. Whimsical, funny, brilliant.Published 2 months ago by Edward Ferrie
I have a real soft spot for this film. Set in Bloomington Indiana, it focusses on four childhood friends, now aged nineteen who are contemplating what happens next after an aimless... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Moira
Probably my favourite film: funny, moving, exciting. Brilliant!Published 5 months ago by rugbyrebel
Really lovely film, spoilt only by the poor digital transfer - it was quite fuzzy and a long way from HD. Also, no subtitles, a shame because the dialogue was also a bit fuzzy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Livfoss