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Breaking Away

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Peter Yates

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About the Movie

This charming, Academy Award winner (1979, Screenplay) cycles high on comedy as four friends come to terms with life after high school. When top-notch cyclist Dave (Dennis Christopher) learns that the world's bicycling champions are always Italian, he attempts to turn himself into an Italian, driving his parents (Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley) crazy. But everything changes after he meets the Italian racing team - an encounter that ultimately leads him and his friends to challenge the local college boys in the town's annual bike race.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 33
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Here is a movie so fresh and funny it didn't even need a big budget or a pedigree. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Sep 19, 2008

Fresh: There are a few moments when the picture's easygoing pace turns into wobbliness, but these are insignificant compared with its many moments of shrewd insight into the lives of amusingly shaded but very recognizable human beings. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Though its plot wins no points for originality, Breaking Away is a thoroughly delightful light comedy. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Breaking Away is a wonderfully sunny, funny, goofy, intelligent movie that makes you feel about as good as any movie in a long time. It is, in fact, a treasure. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A work of beuty

I watched this movie when I was a kid and still remember every scene. It's the definition of a feel good ,small movie with some the best acting you will ever see. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Guarantee to make you feel good for weeks!

A gem of highest quality

Outstanding performances by every member of the cast, outstanding character development, and an all around feel-good sleeper.

Breaking Away

This one of the best movies ever made. Please Fox and iTunes bring it in HD to iTunes.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1979

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