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Breaking Away [DVD]

Dennis Christopher , Dennis Quaid , Peter Yates    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern
  • Directors: Peter Yates
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H6Z194
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film I've watched again and again 24 Sep 2005
By A Customer
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This is one my all time favourite films. I come back to it whenever I need cheering up. Wonderful witty script with no weak scenes, beautiful characterisation, enjoyable story. Our teenage sons also love it, it's a film all the family can enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 22 July 2010
So pleased to at last have a DVD version of a very old favourite from the 80s. My video player is long gone and it never seems to be on TV.But now I can ,any wet Sunday, curl up on the sofa with a plate of linguine and feel happy to be alive. Even if you lose your wallet you will enjoy it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, charming and memorable 5 Jun 2006
By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE
What a completely disarmingly brilliant film. Just when you expect a lightweight rom-com along comes a delightfully witty masterpiece with real heart, great acting and wonderful dialogue. OK, it's a coming-of-age, feel-good, boy-meets-girl, college drama but it avoids most of the usual cliches and leaves some great lines and scenes indellibly etched on your memory. The plot - a quartet of old school chums (none academically gifted) have left school and are pondering their future - the prospects are stark - either university or stone masonry - as "Cutters" in the single local industry. Hero Dave is drifting and, inspired by the Italian Champion cycling team, dreams about becoming a world cycling champion when he bumps into a lovely college girl. His efforts to court the girl lead eventually to a mismatched cycling contest - the Cutters against The College Brats. Along the way we follow the trials and tribulations of the four friends and find out how their future plans will cause their paths to diverge. We've all been there, leaving school, college, job etc - it's an emotionally charged time and this film captures the poignancy really well. There are some excellent comic conflicts between Dave and his well meaning but bewildered parents - excellent acting by all concerned. So, yes, it is another story about growing up and the loss of innocence but it'll have you at the edge of your seat laughing, cheering, feeling self-righteous indignation, embarrassment and the kind of bittersweet feeling in the stomach that only lovesickness or a really good film/book can give you. Enjoy again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good 1 Sep 2013
By Chris W
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Picked up on this in a nostalgic review in the guardian (Xan Brooks). Absolutely amazing, and deserves a far wider viewership than I suspect it has. I'm almost tempted to go on a pilgrimage to the quarry lake....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 4 Feb 2011
I saw the this film when I was briefly visiting Los Angeles, it was given a try at a local cinema and we all stood up and applauded at the end...being English and back in '79 that on its own was first. I loved this film and everyone should see it at least once!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good after 25 years... 6 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
I have a particular affinity for this film, as it is set in the town where I lived for a long time - Bloomington, Indiana. Most people in Bloomington are basketball crazy; apart from this, perhaps the second most popular sport is bicycling, culminating at the end of the school year with the Little 500 bicycle race on campus (a bicycle version of the internationally-known Indianapolis 500 motor race, just 50 miles north). This is primary a campus event, with fraternities and a few other organisations fielding teams; there are also community teams, and always at least one team with the name 'cutter'.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A certain charm 6 Aug 2009
As a keen cyclist I'd heard of this a while back and was recently given it by a friend. There is something categorically naff about cycle films - something about the huffing and puffing and close-ups of faces of steely resolve and the panning shots of "our hero" during a race passing other cyclists who don't seem to be trying all that hard - and there is much of that in here, but it's fair to say that its charm ends up winning you over. The portrait of small town America in the 70s is acutely drawn (though with a nicely amateurish tone) and the characters are likeable and oddly believable by the time you reach the end.

This may sound like a very weird analogy but there's also something a tiny bit Star Wars about it - as much about the aesthetics as anything else I guess, but also it's portrait of a young disaffected man living in a smalltown who dreams of a wider world out there. Also there's something a little Mark Hammill in Dennis Christopher's performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic film, a must see..thoroughly enjoyable to be viewed every so often.
Published 2 months ago by kats eye
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great, classic coming of age movie given a revival following the Tour De France visit to England
Published 2 months ago by David Littlefair
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Boys will be Boys
Published 3 months ago by AndyT
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful feel good film
A really quirky film - not what I expected at all (I thought it was a true story of professional cycling but it's a story) - you don't have to love cycling to love this film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sian
5.0 out of 5 stars All good
This is a classic movie. A simple coming of age story with huge laughs throughout. Service from Amazon, always top notch.
Published 5 months ago by DGS
2.0 out of 5 stars Unplayable!
It won't actually play on my dvd player due to over the pond technical difference. So pretty much all in all a complete waste of time
and money!.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Coming of Age Tale - On Bikes
An almost perfect film in my opinion. The story centres on a cycle race at a US University, and the efforts of our hero (a townie) and his chums to win it and the girl (a student)... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Newbold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
A great film giving an insight of working class America in the 70's. Some very funny scenes climaxing with an exciting ending. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and hugely enjoyable
Not a vehicle for 'Stars', no CGI, well written and well acted, just a wonderful back-in-the-day film. We're all cyclists and we love it!
Published 10 months ago by lorna macnab
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