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Breaking Away [DVD]

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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 (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H6Z194
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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A little delicious film that has been missing over the years, but represent a unique ironic and lighthearted, yet not stupid, comedy about growing up, only from the original point of view if small town guys who are passionate for Italy and cyclism. What comes out is a freestyle comedy, which seem half improvised half classic, with some great racing scenes and a lovely mood, brilliant and funny dialogues, and a pn overall affection for this whole environment, although the film also talks about teenagers frustration in a small town and class differences that often condition who we are and how we live and look at the future. A film that has all the right pieces in the right places. From a versatile and impirtant Seventies director specialized in crime movies (Bullit, Friends of Eddy Coyle, Robbery) who proves to be as good also in comedies.
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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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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) to boot. Lots of laugh out loud moments in a non-gross American Pie sort of a way, a witty script, great characterisation and lots of cycling, too - though it pains me to watch the finale taking place on a cinder running track - couldn't they have found a velodrome somewhere?
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