Talk:Breaking Away

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The cycling television commentator Phil Liggett has indicated that this movie marked a pivotal moment in the history of the sport of cycling in the United States. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 13:04, July 23, 2006

The bit on quarry swimming is a bit much...[edit] probably belongs in its own entry, as would cycling, weight lifting, and bowling (other sports in Breaking Away). hmcnally 17:53, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Does it belong at all? Is it really a significant part of the movie?--Daveswagon 22:28, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

This section of the article only briefly mentions the movie once...I'm all for moving it to its own article...

So am I. --Kainaw (talk) 10:59, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I deleted the section. Whether it even deserves its own article is another issue. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 23:44, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
For future easy reference, here is the diff Mathmo Talk 21:17, 2 July 2007 (UTC)


From the article: Later, he greets his son in Italian, only to have Dave reply in French.

Dave's father says, "hiya big shot" at the end of the film when David meets the French girl and he replies, "Bonjour Papa".

I get what the writer was trying to say, it really was a cute scene at the end of the film. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Floydwilde (talkcontribs) 09:28, November 12, 2007

Perhaps it would be worth mentioning that Dave lost his fascination with "the Italians" when the Italian pros he was chasing knocked him off the road by jamming his spokes during the race because he was keeping up with them and thus promising to make them look bad. "A disappointing finish" is an understatement. His transfer of allegiance to "the French" at the end is a joke about his renewed enthusiasm after winning. AJim (talk) 20:13, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Some misguided soul eviscerated the plot, apparently to keep secret the details of a 30+ year old film. Clarityfiend (talk) 20:24, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for putting that all back, it is much better this way. There are other scenes that have stuck with me over the years. I remember Dave's father telling him, "you're not a cutter, I'm a cutter", and the visit to the shop where his dad finishes a cut. There is also the little silent scene where Dave goes down an interstate ramp and drafts a tractor-trailer, with the truck driver watching him in his mirror and signaling the speed with his hand. There are these great underdog details make their victory so sweet, such as the cutter team being given a junk bike when they entered the race that they then rebuild. The movie deserves an article that makes it clear how this movie got to be so memorable. --AJim (talk) 03:05, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

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in real life I think they were called Stoners not Cutters, but obviously they couldnt use that in the film. still maybe someone should mention that. thanks Rileyinspace (talk) 07:26, 10 August 2008 (UTC)riley

I lived in Bloomington (grew up a couple of counties away) from 78 - 81, swam in the quarries, was at the filming of the movie in the old stadium, put on rock shows, etc etc - I never heard locals referred to as stoners. Or even the subset of locals who worked at/were in families of quarrymen. Not that I knew any. But spaced-out post-hippie early 70s kids, we were stoners.--GXIndiana (talk) 02:18, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

The stoners thing I found as a trivia section on IMDB, but then again IMDB is riddled with inaccuracies. Rileyinspace (talk) 05:58, 29 March 2009 (UTC)riley

Intro paragraph[edit]

Why doesnt the intro say explicitly that this movie deals with cycling? All it says is that "Tesich would go on to script another bicycle film". Why mention that if you havent even established that this is a bicycle film? Can someone please fix this. (talk) 09:35, 8 April 2011 (UTC) Sandy

Be Bold! Fill it in yourself, no one will bite :) SeveroTC 12:00, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
I don't see a problem with the way it is now. The existing sentence does establish this is a bicycle film in an indirect way. Clarityfiend (talk) 20:32, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

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