Breaking Away


Breaking Away Review

27 years after its release, my memory had managed to turn Breaking Away into "a movie about cycling," all its other details lost to time. Upon rewatching it, I realize now why that happened: Breaking Away isn't about much at all. It's a small, almost silly little movie that takes the setup of The Outsiders -- rich kids vs. working class -- and throws in some bikes. Despite a reasonably fun performance from Daniel Stern, Dennis Quaid earnest overacting sinks what could have been a quaint film about middle America.

Breaking Away

Facts and Figures

Run time: 101 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th July 1979

Box Office Worldwide: $20M

Budget: $2.3M

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 32 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Mike, as Cyril, as Moocher, as Dave Stoller, as Evelyn Stoller, as Ray Stoller, Robyn Douglass as Katherine, as Rod, as Doctor, as Mike's Brother, Lisa Shure as French Girl, Jennifer K. Mickel as Girl, P.J. Soles as Suzy

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