Breaking Away

Breaking Away

SUMMARY: Good movie. But I wish there were more cycling.

There aren’t a lot of cycling movies. Actually, I can only think of two that have much focus on cycling, and those Break Away, and American Flyers. They were both written by the same guy: Steve Tesich. Breaking away came out in 1979. American Flyers came out later in 1985. Between the two, I prefer American Flyers because it focuses more on the bike racing.
Breaking away is more about a group of four guys who are locals (cutters), and how they are going to deal with their future. It also deals with how they relate to the college kids at the nearby state college.
The main character Dave is fascinated by the Italian bike racing team. He wants to be just like them, and even speaks Italian. When the Italian team comes to race in a local race, he manages to keep up with them until one of the team shoves a tire pump into Dave’s spokes and he crashes. I loses his fascination with the Italians.
The last part of the movie is a bike race where the Cutters team is invited to race with the college teams. The race is a relay, but the plan is Dave will race the entire thing with his friends just being there. Dave crashes, and the other guys ride too. But Dave manages to get back on the bike with his feet taped to the pedals, and wins the race. The cycling that is in the movie is pretty good. I just wish there were more of it. The story is very good. It won an Oscar for the screen play and was nominated for several others.
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