Breaking Away (star Dennis Christopher in person!)

Inspirational, funny, filled with heartwarming touches of both Americana and ‘70s coming-of-age travails, and featuring killer moments of choreographed bike racing, Breaking Away is one of the greatest underdog tales from a decade positively overflowing with them! Boasting a very believable ensemble cast of young adults discovering themselves amongst the boredom of collegetown Indiana, the film follows Dennis Christopher as a recent high school grad who, along with his three rough-‘n-tumble friends (Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley), manages to avoid a violent confrontation against a group of preppie university snobs by holding a rivalrous bike tournament. Along the way, this high-spirited, subtle study in the pains of being young pulls off a tremendous balancing act between small-town romance, generation-gap comedy (thanks to hilarious interplay between Christopher and “dad” Paul Dooley), naturalistic teen angst, flights of fancy, and suspenseful cycling sequences. Dennis Christopher and Toby Yates (son of producer/director Peter Yates) will both be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Peter Yates, 1979, 35mm, 100 min.

Watch the trailer for “Breaking Away”!
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