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Stohler escapes into a world of Italian bicycling, picking up the lingo, the accent, and a good share of the talent of his heroes. He is also the scourge of his father's life. The used-car salesman (Paul Dooley) doesn't understand his son's affection for bicycling or, for that matter, his pride in being a "Cutter."
Breaking Away rehabilitates the word heartwarming as Tesich's uncommonly intelligent script gives us well-rounded characters and a potent sense of place. The grandstanding finale--the real life "Little 500" bike race--gives the film a perfect, crowd-pleasing end. However, the film never sacrifices the development of characters for the action. Dooley is especially effective in one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles. The lifelong character actor's place in film history is established with this indispensable performance. --Doug Thomas
Rather dated, not believable in terms of the bicycling. On the bright side, the dialog had a few good spots that made up of the rest of movie. Read morePublished 1 day ago by D. Alexander
This is a feel good movie that would be of particular interests to road bicyclists. The acting is good, the story line has its comical moments, and all ends well . I recommend it.Published 17 days ago by exaramco
One of my favorite movies from childhood (I'm 45). It's fun, especially the scenes with the Dad (Paul Dooley) - who is a simple, small town guy confused by his son's obsession for... Read morePublished 21 days ago by happymom