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618 Ratings

Breaking Away

Directed by Peter Yates
United States, 1979
Sport, Drama


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 parents worked at the local limestone quarry.

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Breaking Away Directed by Peter Yates

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1980 | Winner: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

1980 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1979 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

BAFTA Awards

1980 | Winner: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role

Directors Guild of America

1980 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

It’s no surprise that Breaking Away so authentically captures its sun-dappled after-school suburban aimlessness, since director Peter Yates is a master of milieu (his The Friends of Eddie Coyle is so transporting a depiction of the grungy outskirts of Beantown that it convinces me I must have had a former life as a Greater Boston bank robber).
May 14, 2012
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