Part coming of age story part bicycle race thriller, Breaking Away is the story of Dave Stoller from Indiana who is both obsessed with bicycle culture and all things Italian. Disillusioned and with no immediate plans upon graduation from high school him and his friends come together to form a make shift team, The Cutters, to race in the Little 500 bike race.
Now I know I am a bit late to the party, but having recently seen this film for the first time I have to say its probably on of The Wildwood’s favorite bike films. The film stars Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, and a very young Dennis Quaid. Directed by Peter Yates who passed away this past January, who also directed Bullitt with Steve McQueen among other films. If you havent already, do yourself a favor and see this one.
If you want a great review of this film and of Peter Yates check out this story from NPR. The story also includes some other great clips from the film that I couldn’t post here.
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