Breaking Away

Synopsis: Best friends Dave, Mike, Cyril and Moocher have just graduated from high school. Living in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, they are considered "cutters": the working class of the town so named since most of the middle aged generation, such as their parents, worked at the local limestone quarry, which is now a swimming hole. There is great animosity between the cutters and the generally wealthy Indiana University students, each group who have their own turf in town. The dichotomy is that the limestone was used to build the university, which is now seen as being too good for the locals who built it. Although each of the four is a totally different personality from the other three, they also have in common the fact of being unfocused and unmotivated in life. The one slight exception is Dave. Although he has no job and doesn't know what to do with his life, he is a champion bicycle racer. He idolizes the Italian cycling team so much he pretends to be Italian, much to the chagrin
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Peter Yates
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

[ Man]

And when I die

Won't you bury me

In the par kin' lot


Blow out the candles

And blow out the lamps

And light my pyre

With my tradin'' stamps


I had three books

But I needed four

To go to heaven

And redeem my soul

What happened to two, Mike?

I had two books

But I needed three

To deliver me

From the A&P N

Bravo, Mike! Bravo!


You really make all that up?

Are you really

going to shave your legs?

Ce/10. All the Italians do it.

Eh, some country.

The women don't shave theirs.

Eh, huh?


It was somewhere right along here

that I lost all interest in life.

Aha! It was right here.

This is where

I saw Dolores Reineke...

and fat Marvin!

[ Grunts ]

Why, Dolores?


They're married now.

See what I saved you from, Cyril?

If I hadn't told you, you never

would have followed them out here.

Well, thanks, Mike. You made me lose all

interest in life, and I'm grateful.

My brother said he saw

you and Nancy, Moocher.


Uh, last Friday.

Well, it wasn't me.

I'm not seeing her anymore.

[Cyril ]

I kind of miss school.

This is gonna be the first time no

one's gonna ask us to write a theme...

about how we spent our summer.


When you're 16,

they call it sweet 16.

When you're 18, you get to drink,

vote, and see dirty movies.

What the hell do you get to do

when you're 19?

You leave home.

My dad said Jesus never went further

than 50 miles from his home.

Look what happened to him.


[ Moocher]

Hey, man, this feels great!

[ Cyril ]

Ahh! Come on in!

[ Moocher]

Hey, come on in, Dave.

I read where this Italian coach said it's

no good to go swimming right after a race.

[ Cyril ] Who's swimming?

I'm taking a leak.

J' [ Singing In Italian ]

J' [ Continues ]

Dave, is Moocher home?

J"J" [ Continues In Italian]

[Children Chattering ]

Hey, ciao, bambini.

Buon giorno!

J' [ Continues ]

He was as normal as pumpkin

pie, and now look at him.

J' [ Continues Singing ]

His poor parents.

It's that cologne he wears.

It's called...

Neapolitan Sunset.

Yeah? Well,

the flies seem to like it.


This is it?

Well, you know

what the doctor said.

At your age- What the hell

do you mean at my age?

Goddamn see-through coffee.

He says you have a bad heart.

That's got nothing to do with my age.

It's our son that's

ruining my health, Evelyn.

What's he going to do?

He wanted a year off with those bums

so I give him a year.

It hasn't been a year yet.

But, Evelyn, look what's happened to him.

He's turned into an lty.

Ciao, Papa. Ciao, mama.

'Arrivederci. .

That's lty talk.

I used to think it was funny at first.

lt's not funny anymore.

He was very sickly until he started

riding around on that bike.

Well, now his body's fine,

but his mind is going.

He used to be a smart kid. I thought

he was going to go to college.

I thought

you didn't want him to.

Why should he?

I never went to college.

When I was 19, I was working

in the quarry ten hours a day.

Most of the quarries are closed.

Let him find another job.

Jobs are not that easy to find.

Let him look at least. Let him

come home tired from looking.

He's never tired.

He's never miserable.

He's young-

When I was young,

I was tired and miserable.

[ Chuckles ]

I had my own place at 17.

He says Italian families

stay together.

Evelyn, we are not Italian.

Oh, I know, I know.

It's just that I come

from a big family myself...

and it was kind of nice.

He thinks

we should have another child.


Buon giorno, Papa.

I'm not Papa!

I'm your goddamn father!

Buon giorno, Mama.

She's your goddamn mother.

What'd you do? Win again?

The victory, she was easy.

But the promoter tells me

that the Italians will be here soon.

I will race with the best-


Like the nightingales, they sing.

Like eagles, they fly.

Speaking of flies, you brought

a hell of a lot in with you.

Fly in Italian is mosca.

In English it's pest.

Speaking of pests-

lsn't this a lovely trophy?


Oh, yeah.

So what?

I lived 50 years,

I never got a trophy.

You never got a trophy?

Nope,l never got one.

I give you this one. You

are numero uno, King Papa.

Don't do that.

I have to take a shower.

,/3/'[ Figaro ]

There's that lty music again!

I'm gonna have this out with him now!

.R.r [ opera 1

What's the matter?

He's shaving.

Well, so what?

His legs.

He's shaving his legs.


Fi... garo'

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro J'.i'

Yoo-hoo. [ Moocher] Nancy.

I was just on my way to work.

Come on in.

You know what?

No. What?

L'm leaving home, that's what.


Where are you going?

About five blocks south.


I found this nice little place

to rent.

It's so cute I could scream.


My folks said I could have some of

their furniture from the basement.

All right!

[ Inhaling, Exhaling ]

Maybe you could

give me a hand... moving.

Oh, sure.

If I'm not too busy, you know?

- How's the job?

- You know what?

Frank said if I keep up the good work,

it'll just be a matter of time

before I become head cashier.

That's great.

Well, I should go now.

Nancy. Uh...

I think I'll walk you to work.

I'm going out that way anyways.

It gets 30 miles to the gallon.

Of course,

the mileage you get may vary.

It's a beaut, right?


Boy, you sure

know how to pick 'em.

Frankly, this is the best car on the lot.

Quality product.

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Steve Tesich

Stojan Steve Tesich (Serbian: Стојан Стив Тешић, Stojan Stiv Tešić; September 29, 1942 – July 1, 1996) was a Serbian American screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1979 for the movie Breaking Away. more…

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