Breaking Away

Breaking Away
Breaking Away
  • PG
  • 1h 41m
  • 1979
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In this heartwarming film, a blue-collar teenager who’s tired of the snubs he gets from local college kids models himself after the members of an Italian bicycle racing team he idolizes. He dresses like them, rides like them, and tries to sound like them. But when the riders come to town and show their true colors, he realizes he has something they – and the mean college students lack – integrity.
© 1979 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: At once a touching, funny coming-of-age story and a compelling sports film, Breaking Away is a delightful treat.

Though its plot wins no points for originality, Breaking Away is a thoroughly delightful light com...

June 21, 2017
Time Out

Displays the kind of unsentimental optimism that went out of fashion with Hawks.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Rousing bicycle-race tale has some profanity, mild violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tale of redemption offers a lot in the way of scary, tense, and violent scenes. Although no one gets critically injured, there's lots of fighting. Some kids also may want to imitate the dangerous things characters do in this film: Dave doesn't wear a bike helmet, use a bicycle headlight at night, or wear reflective clothing, and he races in front of cars on a red light. During a bicycle race, a cyclist puts a bike pump in the spokes of Dave's wheel, causing him to crash. Dave races while injured. There's lots of punching and kicking; some blood is seen, but no one is seriously injured. Characters drive around a college campus and discuss women's breasts. Several swear words are used, including "s--t," "hell," "t-ts," "goddamn," "bastards," "son of a bitch," and "damnit." Characters also call others "retard," "p---y cop," and "s--thead."

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:July 1, 1979
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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