Breaking Away (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1979.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Peter Yates.  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In a small university town, the local working class boys are at constant odds with the snooty, rich students, with one of the locals () an opera-loving bicyclist who plans on racing against the fraternity boys to add to his collection of trophies.

A fan of Italy’s national racing team, Christopher even impersonates an Italian exchange student to impress a university girl he meets and wants to date, while his father is completely perplexed at his son’s sudden obsession with learning Italian and shaving his legs (to cut down wind resistance).

Barbara Barrie is terrific as Christopher’s mother, while  and have early career appearances as his friends in this enjoyable comedy with a genuine heart at its centre.

Academy Award:  Best Original Screenplay
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actress (Barbara Barrie); Best Director (Peter Yates); Best Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Director (Peter Yates); Best Screenplay


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