Best Movies by Farr

Breaking Away

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What's it About

This strikingly buoyant coming-of-age picture set in Indiana tells of four local boys (and recent high-school grads) who must face their futures, but not before enjoying one last carefree summer. Protagonist Dave (Christopher) is obsessed with cycling, and on learning how many cycling champions come from Italy, cultivates an appreciation for all things Italian, much to the consternation of his conventional parents (Dooley and Barrie). Dave's cycling skills will eventually be tested against the snobby college guys in Bloomington's annual bike race.

Why we love it
Peter Yates's heartfelt, life-affirming movie is a winner from start to finish. Christopher is appealingly quirky in the central role, and the film also showcases the budding talents of future stars Quaid and Stern as two of Dave's buddies. Dooley is outstanding as Dave's bewildered father, a solid Middle American you might actually buy a used car from. Don't miss this authentic, charming slice of Americana.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"