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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • Class conflict and small town chauvinism are the subject of Yates' ingenious youth movie, a film which intrigues as much by its portait of working-class America bitterly opposed to the affluent society as by its large measure of lovingly-crafted fantasy. 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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Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Music (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture