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Youth and biking come together in the 1980s classic Breaking Away. Fox's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very nice save for some grain and a small amount of edge enhancement in the image. Sporting solid black levels and even color patterns, this is a very pleasant-looking transfer by Fox. Also included on side B is a full-frame version of the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French and is fairly bland. While there are a few muted directional effects, ...
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Youth and biking come together in the 1980s classic Breaking Away. Fox's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very nice save for some grain and a small amount of edge enhancement in the image. Sporting solid black levels and even color patterns, this is a very pleasant-looking transfer by Fox. Also included on side B is a full-frame version of the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French and is fairly bland. While there are a few muted directional effects, overall this soundtrack is only filtered though the front and center speakers. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Mono soundtrack in English as well as English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features on Breaking Away are as thin as spandex shorts -- all the viewer gets under the supplemental section of the disc are a few theatrical trailers for various Fox movies, plus a few TV spots for the film.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer & TV spots; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Both anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1) and pan & scan versions; Audio: English stereo surround, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
A Midwest American college town in the 1970s is the setting for this coming-of-age tale about four working-class teens who are trying to escape their parents' working class fates. Class consciousness and conflicts abound, as local college kids refer disparagingly to the protagonists as "Cutters." The blue-collar stone-cutters literally built the homes the rich kids live in and the college that these kids attend. Dennis Christopher is Dave, a relentlessly fanatical bicyclist who has suddenly decided to embrace all things Italian (right down to a tacky Italian accent), and his naïve but enthusiastic portrayal is sweet. Paul Dooley gives the film's most memorable performance as Dave's exasperated father. His character undergoes a quiet transformation from a cynical, weary, and worried fellow into a cagey optimist. Dooley was overlooked come Oscar time, though Barbara Barrie was nominated for her memorably wistful turn as Dave's mother. Breaking Away has a gentle soul, as nobody is too harshly treated (even the bad guys seem to have good sides). The central characters have dreams, but they wonder if those dreams are attainable. Dave's enthusiastic pursuit of his dream gives all the others hope, and it is the hinge upon which the crowd-rousing (though thoroughly predictable) bicycle-racing finale turns. Bike racing is the film's metaphor for escape: to break away from the pack in a race is equivalent to breaking away from one's familial and cultural history. The film pivots on the question of whether, and to what extent, this kind of breaking away is either necessary or desirable. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Breaking Away won one Oscar, for Steve Tesich's Best Original Screenplay.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • UPC: 024543029090
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Christopher Dave Stohler
Dennis Quaid Mike
Daniel Stern Cyril
Paul Dooley Mr. Stohler
Jackie Earle Haley Moocher
Barbara Barrie Mrs. Stohler
Robyn Douglass Katherine
Hart Bochner Rod
Amy Wright Nancy
John Ashton Mike's Brother
David K. Blace Race Announcer
Peter Maloney Doctor
Jennifer K. Mickel Girl
Lisa Shure French Girl
P.J. Soles Suzy
Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director, Producer
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Art Director
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Art Levinson Producer
Cynthia Scheider Editor
Steve Tesich Screenwriter
Marvin Westmore Makeup
Patrick Williams Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [3:37]
2. Dave, the Italian [4:58]
3. Small Town Living [1:46]
4. At the Quarry [:33]
5. College Students [2:23]
6. The Exchange Student [4:12]
7. The Italians Are Coming [4:50]
8. Speed Test [:41]
9. No "Ini" Allowed [:57]
10. Katherine's Serenade [6:13]
11. On Campus [3:31]
12. Competition [:45]
13. College, or a Job [5:17]
14. Training and Work [5:08]
15. The Cinzano 100 [:18]
16. Everybody Cheats [7:20]
17. The Race Bike [3:59]
18. All in the Family [:11]
19. The Little 500 [4:14]
20. An Accident [5:09]
21. Tied to the Bike [1:24]
22. Winning [7:43]
23. First Year French [1:16]
24. End Titles [2:31]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [3:37]
2. Dave, the Italian [4:58]
3. Small Town Living [:46]
4. At the Quarry [1:32]
5. College Students [2:23]
6. The Exchange Student [4:12]
7. The Italians Are Coming [2:35]
8. Speed Test [2:56]
9. No "Ini" Allowed [:57]
10. Katherine's Serenade [6:13]
11. On Campus [2:01]
12. Competition [1:29]
13. College, or a Job [6:02]
14. Training and Work [3:08]
15. The Cinzano 100 [2:00]
16. Everybody Cheats [7:38]
17. The Race Bike [4:11]
18. All in the Family [4:14]
19. The Little 500 [3:46]
20. An Accident [2:46]
21. Tied to the Bike [7:43]
22. Winning [1:26]
23. First Year French [2:21]
24. End Titles [1:23]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: French Mono
      Captions & Subtitles: English
      Captions & Subtitles: Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spots: "Road to Adulthood"
      TV Spots: "Academy Booster"
      Fox Flix: Baby's Day Out
      Fox Flix: My Bodyguard
      Fox Flix: Rookie of the Year
      Fox Flix: The Sandlot
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: French Mono
      Captions & Subtitles: English
      Captions & Subtitles: Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spots: "Road to Adulthood"
      TV Spots: "Academy Booster"
      Fox Flix: Baby's Day Out
      Fox Flix: My Bodyguard
      Fox Flix: Rookie of the Year
      Fox Flix: The Sandlot
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    It's a shame that this movie is so underground; it's truly a mas

    It's a shame that this movie is so underground; it's truly a masterpiece. It has the perfect amount of drama, romance, comedy, and everything in between. It is a true family movie, with no sex, violence and minimal language, and content that children and adults of any age can identify with. Truly a great film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I've loved this movie ever since I first saw it in 1979

    I've loved this movie ever since I first saw it in 1979. All the characters are so real and so similar to people I grew up with that I instantly identified with them.

    Even though Dave's efforts to become Italian are over the top at times, his ambitions are so sincere and altruistic that you can't help rooting for him.

    And the scene where Dave's father goes back to visit the quarry where he used to work is a miniature gem in it's own right. The other cutters and his relationship with them rang absolutely true. I still get a little teary during that scene because it has so many echoes of people and places I've known in my own life.

    The other performances are likewise praiseworthy, as is the script, the camera work, etc. This is not only a great story and a great movie, but will provide great material for family or classroom discussions of social class, hero worship, determination and aspiration, friendship, and many other themes. And unlike so many coming-of-age movies in recent years, there is virtually no violence, no sex, and the language is mostly clean.

    Three other scenes to watch for:

    1) The scene where Dave is tailgating the 18-wheeler is real. Yes, bicycle racers really can pedal that fast!

    2) In the encounter with the Italian team, non-bicyclists sometimes wonder where the pipe-like object came from. It's a small tire pump carried in case of a flat during a race where there's no support crew trailing along.

    3) The "punch the clock scene" got a loud cheer when I saw this film in a theater full of mostly blue-collar people, and a loud gasp when I saw it in a theater with a mostly white-collar audience. (That, in itself, is an interesting topic for friendly discussions)

    Why I Recommend "Spirited Away" and "Easy Rider":

    Spirited Away is a wonderful, family friendly, coming of age story loved by countless people. It works as fantasy, inspiration, and in every other way. It's one of my top five movie favorites of all time.

    Easy Rider, on the other hand is great for exactly the opposite reasons. These two guys are neither very admirable, nor very bad as it turns out, and on their ride across America we get an unblinking look at what the late sixties were really like. Watching it for the first time after many years, I was struck by how fair and even handed it was in protraying both sides of the cultural divide. It's another great discussion starter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great comming of age movie.

    It's a story the we can all identify with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true classic

    I am buying 2 copies... so I can always have one & still loan one out. It is a fantastic example of the unsinkable human spirit. A real pleasure to watch again & again. Also perfect to share when you've got a point to make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Little Movie

    This is a great movie. It is heartfelt, funny and moving. The relationships between family and friends are so real. It was made in 1979 but feels timeless. Please see this movie!

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    Posted February 15, 2009

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