Breaking Away is a American coming of age comedy-drama film produced and directed by Peter Yates and written by Steve Tesich. It follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indianawho have recently graduated from high school.
In JuneAFI announced its 10 Top 10 —the best ten films in ten classic American film genres—after polling over 1, people from the creative community. Breaking Away ranked as the eighth best film in the sports genre. Tesich was an alumnus of Indiana University Bloomington. The film was shot in and around Bloomington and on the university's campus. Dave, Mike, Cyril, and Moocher are working-class friends living in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana.
Now turning 19, they all graduated from high school the year before and are not sure what to do with their lives.
They spend much of their time together swimming in an old abandoned water-filled quarry. They sometimes clash with the more affluent Indiana University students in their hometown, who habitually refer to them as "cutters", a derogatory term for locals related to the local Indiana limestone industry and the stonecutters who worked the quarries. Dave is obsessed with competitive bicycle racing, and Italian racers in particular, because he recently won a Masi bicycle.
His down-to-earth father Ray, a former stonecutter who now operates his own used car business sometimes unethicallyis puzzled and exasperated by his son's love of Italian music and culture, which Dave associates with cycling. However, his mother Evelyn is more understanding and prepares Italian dishes for him. Dave develops Breaking Away - Balance - Breaking Away crush on a university student named Katherine and masquerades as an Italian exchange student in order to romance her.
When her boyfriend Rod finds out, he and some of his fraternity brothers beat Cyril up, mistaking him for Dave. Though Cyril wants no trouble, Mike insists on tracking down Rod and starting a brawl. The university president real-life then President Dr. John W. Ryan reprimands the students for their arrogance toward the "cutters" and, over their objections, invites the latter to participate in the annual Indiana University Little race.
When a professional Italian cycling team comes to town for a race, Dave is thrilled to be competing with them. However, the Italians become irked when Dave is able to keep up with them. One of them jams a tire pump in Dave's wheel, causing him to crash, which leaves him disillusioned. He subsequently confesses his deception to Katherine, who is heartbroken. Dave's friends persuade him to join them in forming a cycling team for the Little Dave's parents provide T-shirts with the name "Cutters" on them.
Ray privately tells his son how, when he was a young stonecutter, he was proud to help provide the material to construct the university, yet he never felt comfortable on campus. Later, Dave runs into Katherine, who is leaving for a job in Chicago; they patch things up. Dave is so much better than the other competitors in the Little that, while the college teams switch cyclists every few laps, he rides without a break and builds up a big lead.
However, he is injured in a crash and has to stop. After some hesitation, Moocher, Cyril, and Mike take turns pedaling, but soon the Cutters' lead vanishes. Finally Dave has them tape his feet to the 08/15 - Mnemonic - Einsicht and starts to make up lost ground; he overtakes Rod, the current rider for Breaking Away - Balance - Breaking Away favored fraternity team, on the last lap and wins.
Ray is proud of his son's accomplishment and takes to riding a bicycle himself. Dave later enrolls at the university, where he meets a pretty French student. Soon, he is extolling to her the virtues of the Tour de France and French cyclists. The Little bicycle race that forms the centerpiece of the plot is a real race held annually at Indiana University. A reenactment of the race was staged for the film in the "old" Memorial Stadium on the IU campus, which was demolished infour years after Breaking Away was shot.
The team is based on the Phi Kappa Psi Little champions, which featured legendary rider and Italian enthusiast Dave Blasewho provided screenwriter Breaking Away - Balance - Breaking Away fellow Phi Kappa Psi team member Steve Tesich the inspiration for the main character in the movie. Blase himself appears in the movie as the race announcer. The scenes filmed in and around Bloomington, Indiana,  were filmed during the summer of Many of the scenes in the movie were filmed on the Indiana Love, Love, Love - The Easthills - Death of A Salesman campus; glimpses of the Indiana Memorial Union are in the background of Dave's ride through campus.
Dave Stoller's house in the film is located at the corner of S. Lincoln St. Dodds St. Other scenes Breaking Away - Balance - Breaking Away filmed outside the Delta Delta Delta sorority house E. Two other scenes were filmed on W. Madison the old railroad tracks have since been removed. A scene in which Dave runs a red light in front of his father was filmed at the southwest corner of the Monroe County Courthouse, at the intersection of College St.
Kirkwood Ave. The starting-line scene of the "Cinzano " bicycle race was at the intersection of Indiana State Roads 46 and on the city's eastern edge. The abandoned limestone quarry where Dave and his friends swam is on private property in Perry Township south of Bloomington. Access to the quarry has been made difficult by its owners, Indiana Limestone Company, to discourage people from swimming and jumping into the quarry citing safety concerns.
The used car lot "Campus Cars" that Dave's father owns was on S. Walnut St. Next door is the local Honda motorcycle franchise seen in the background of the "Refund? The music was adapted by Patrick Williams. Tesich and Yates worked together again on Eyewitness Nada - Gito Baloi - The Best Of Gito Baloi - Remembering Eleni Tesich would go on to write another cycling -themed film, American Flyersstarring Kevin Costner.
The film received positive reviews upon its release. Roger Ebert called it "a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. It is, in fact, a treasure Movies like this are hardly ever made at all; when they're made this well, they're precious cinematic miracles.
Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree. The website's critical consensus reads: "At once a touching, funny coming-of-age story and a compelling sports film, Breaking Away is a delightful treat. The film is used to highlight one of "The Rules" for cyclists i. Breaking Away - Balance - Breaking Away 43 Don't be a Jackass : "Remember when the Italian pro team came to town to race and Dave, Another Man - John Mayall - John Mayall Часть 3-4 his exuberance, was able to ride with them in the front while speaking their native language?
T]he Italian rider jam[s] a frame mounted pump into Dave's front wheel, causing him to crash out. That guy was a jackass. And he wasn't even funny. A short-lived television series based on the film, also titled Breaking Awayaired in — and starred Shaun Cassidy. Barrie, Haley and Ashton reprised their roles in the prequel series. However, the director Mansoor Khan stated that he only became aware of Breaking Away after the likeness was brought to his attention. Both films have several thematic similarities, including friendship, class barriers, bicycle racing, and Breaking Away - Balance - Breaking Away relationship, but are distinctly different films, with different narratives, characters, motivations, treatment and racing rules.
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