• Breaking Away (2004)

Breaking Away

Release Date: April 4th, 2004

DVD Release Date: January 29th, 2002

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends Cyril (Daniel Stern), Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley) and Mike (Dennis Quaid) spend their post-high school days in Bloomington, Indiana, sparring with snooty students from the local university, chasing girls and--in Dave's case--dreaming of competitive bicycle racing. The four friends face opposition from all corners as they decide to make Dave's dreams come true in the university's annual bicycle endurance race.

Cast: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Robyn Douglass, Hart Bochner

Director: Peter Yates

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Friend, Endearing, Love triangle, 1970s, Small town, Quest, Father, Growing up, Mother, Girlfriend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    One of the best, funniest, most surprising and likeable American films of the year. [27 Aug 1979]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Breaking Away is a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. show more

  • 90

    The way the movie handles cycling, which isn't one of cinema's more heavily covered sports, introduces another entire dimension and transforms Breaking Away from a nice character piece to a literally breathtaking story. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Music (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Picture