Breaking Away Movie Review 1979

Information and Film Reviews for Breaking Away the Movie

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A lighthearted coming-of-age drama about a high school graduate's addiction to bicycle racing, whose dreams are tested against the realities of a crucial race. An honest, open look at present Americana with tremendous insight into the minds of average youth; shot on location at Indiana University. Great bike-racing photography. Quaid, Barrie, and Christopher give exceptional performances. Basis for a TV series.


Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Bicycling, Coming of Age, Teen Angst, Wrong Side of the Tracks, Sports Dramas, Team Efforts, Dads
Steve Tesich
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Amy Wright
Matthew F. Leonetti
Peter Yates
Patrick Williams
20th Century-Fox


Oscars 1979: Orig. Screenplay; Golden Globes 1980: Film--Mus./Comedy; Natl. Bd. of Review 1979: Support. Actor (Dooley); N.Y. Film Critics 1979: Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1979: Film, Screenplay; Writers Guild 1979: Orig. Screenplay.

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