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Breaking Away

Breaking Away

1979
Comedy
Drama
1h 41m
One reviewer subtitled it, the Boy Who Wanted to be Italian. The Stollers only child has graduated high school and (along with three friends) must decide what to do with his life. (imdb)
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Breaking Away

1979
Comedy
Drama
1h 41m
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Avg Percentile 64.89% from 618 total ratings

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Rated 11 Dec 2007
60
47th
What's the big deal?
Rated 18 Sep 2011
70
40th
A family-friendly story about angst, rebellion, and triumph. I'm surprised at all of the acclaim for the movie because I thought it was good, but nothing that I would consider to be in the all-time great category as all of the reviews and award nominations would seem to suggest.
Rated 16 Aug 2022
88
82nd
The dad and the Italian obsession were just a bit too cheesy, but that is overshadowed by it being a genuinely good sports movie.
Rated 05 Jun 2019
60
26th
I appreciated the class conflict stuff, even as some of the writing is on the obvious/cliche side. Yates also incorporates some interesting shots, especially around the quarry. And the climactic race is pretty well done, leading to a nice conclusion.
Rated 21 Aug 2014
75
30th
The underdog sports movie and the dry realism of the '70s merge into a humble little small-town comedy of unsentimental optimism. Younger Paul Dooley is hilarious, but even younger are some future character actors I never imagined I'd see so young.
Rated 01 Oct 2019
5
0th
good ol indiana
Rated 03 Nov 2012
80
81st
This was surprisingly good.
Rated 01 Jun 2010
68
16th
Cheesy and paint-by-numbers competition film. The final shot of the big race at the end is very compelling.
Rated 05 Oct 2022
85
76th
Overall a great Coming-of-Age movie that effectively blends Teen hangout Comedy with Sports Drama. The screenplay can be cheesy and somewhat dated in parts, but the cinematography and acting more than make up for it. I'm surprised Dennis Christopher didn't have a bigger career. I found him extremely likable.
Rated 14 Oct 2007
77
80th
This is a rare feel-good movie that leaves no sour aftertaste, recommended for all.
Rated 15 Dec 2020
85
59th
Viewed December 14, 2020.
Rated 11 Jun 2014
65
29th
The nostalgia factor probably inflates my score but I enjoyed this when it was on tv
Rated 31 Jan 2008
77
60th
Absolutely charming.
Rated 26 Mar 2012
15
13th
Back when I was a child I remember being impressed with this movie. I also had a thing with bicycles back then. That truck following scene was awesome, I remember talking about it among friends. But now that I watched this again, I got irritated by the dialogue, the Ity talk, weird acting. Everything seems to be forced. Seems like either the movie aged badly or I did ;)
Rated 25 Feb 2023
45
12th
test
Rated 20 May 2010
60
54th
Lame, cliche and forgettable.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
61
81st
Breaking away is in reference to a cyclist breaking away from the pack to go solo and win the race. It's also a metaphor for growing up and breaking away from society's perceived limitations on who you are and what you are based upon where you live and who your parents are. What a wonderful film!
Rated 03 Jun 2008
70
77th
Score based on distant memory.
Rated 07 May 2009
96
96th
Fantastic coming of age tale with nice performances throughout and a great comedic turn by Paul Dooley. Highly recommended.
Rated 24 Aug 2007
80
67th
It's that biking movie, with the redneck smalltown folks and stuff. It's a good way to wile away 2 hours.
Rated 20 Aug 2009
96
93rd
The best cycling movie of all time.
Rated 09 Feb 2021
97
67th
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Rated 04 Aug 2018
76
58th
A slice of life!
Rated 22 Feb 2012
80
78th
The movie that taught me Italians are dicks and if you fake an accent to a girl you should never come clean about it.
Rated 19 Jan 2015
50
48th
Not bad when it focuses on the resentments and restlessness of growing up working-class and hopeless in the face of diminishing job prospects, and also when it allows itself to marinate in Dennis Christopher's utter joy at using his formidable talent for bike racing. You get the impression that he's truly great but has no idea what to do with it. I get that the whole Italian charade is a bit of play-acting in the face of a deeply questionable future; doesn't mean it's funny. Terrible ending.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
60
69th
an old favorite; great slice of life film.
Rated 02 Mar 2024
70
65th
Good coming of age movie.
Rated 03 Sep 2011
8
82nd
One of those sappy, hokey feel good movies that I know I'm supposed to hate but it worked for me. I loved the father son relationship, one of the better ones committed to film. Paul Dooley's performance is hilarious and I loved all the friends, especially Dennis Quaid.
Rated 24 Feb 2011
100
0th
This is a lovely little film that is a wonderful combination of comedy & the bittersweet pain of growing up. A perfect cast & a top notch script.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 22 Mar 2008
90
73rd
I admit, I have a soft-spot for this film both because I'm a cyclist and that I saw it as an impressionable 14-year-old. Upon re-viewing today it does have cheesy parts and is looking a bit dated, but it's still a good (if not great) film.
Rated 24 Aug 2017
87
90th
Breaking away is what good waffles do
Rated 14 Dec 2011
89
89th
88.750
Rated 21 Nov 2022
80
68th
The strength here is the performances of the supporting cast and the really vivid sense of place that Peter Yates creates. Paul Dooley, Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern carry this film, which manages to be a better example of this genre through the force of it's amiability.
Rated 02 Nov 2008
70
75th
A very nice coming-of-age film by the talented Peter Yates.
Rated 19 Mar 2018
94
86th
At once a touching, funny coming-of-age story and a compelling sports film, Breaking Away is a delightful treat.
Rated 25 Dec 2021
80
76th
It's like Ben Hur, only... not quite.
Rated 23 Feb 2014
54
10th
Mostly inoffensive, though Dave's father does seem more like a caricature than an actual person. I'm sure I would've appreciated this more if I hadn't seen it 35 years after its debut, but seeing it now there was little of interest -- so much just seemed predictable or cliched (though perhaps it was fresh at the time).
Rated 09 Oct 2018
9
93rd
Sweet and true and beautifully observant. Therefore, rare and one to cherish.
Rated 21 Apr 2013
55
26th
An interesting bridge between the down-to-earth dramas of the 70s and the heavily stereotyped high school movies of the 80s, but it's still really dated. The Italian stuff was really grating.
Rated 28 May 2021
46
32nd
A true mixed bag. Some funny and surprising turns around this corner, unsubtle and awkward around the next corner. The journey was enjoyable enough, but the ending did nothing for me.

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