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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
this movie crosses all generations of movie goers.on the surface it's a simple story of a guy that dreams of becoming a great racer. Read morePublished 5 days ago by tom
A film that could not be made today without being dumbed down. Pacing is too slow by contemporary standards with scenes filled with nothing but dialog and character development. Read morePublished 10 days ago by David Webb
This is a "cult-classic" now and many of the young actors went on to big careers. At the time it was out, it was a "sleeper", done on a low budget. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Melanie Wade
This is one of my favorite films of all time.
It may not be perfect, and there are a few minor plot inconsistencies (that's a very quickly discovered pregnancy! Read more
Love this classic. Awesome in so many ways as it's relational, cultural, personal.Published 15 days ago by Mara Connolly
My DVD arrived on time and as advertised. Played well. It is a great movie.Published 19 days ago by Harry Stephens
I love this movie. It really captures the insecurity, angst, and indecision felt by teens--and their parents as well, after graduating from High School and needing to move out of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Vulfie