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Greatest Cycling Movie(11 posts)

Greatest Cycling MovieStevieCycle
May 3, 2001 3:21 PM
What is your favorite cycing movie. My favorite is Pee Wee Hermans Great Adventure. Post up if you dare.
The Seventh Seal -nmmike mcmahon
May 3, 2001 4:15 PM
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Let's not forget the classic.....Cyberwolf
May 3, 2001 10:04 PM
I am relitively a newbie but have always had a special liking of this movie!

"Breaking Away" Starring... Dennis Christopher · Dennis Quaid · Daniel Stern · Jackie Earle Haley.... for those new to cycling here is a brief storyline:

Description

BREAKING AWAY is a winning coming-of-age story with unusually well drawn characters, smart social commentary, and a terrific ensemble of fresh-faced actors soon to be famous. The rivalry between townies and college kids sets the scene for the story of four friends trying to figure out their future after high school graduation in Bloomington, Indiana. Raised together in the working-class quarry town, the boys consider themselves Cutters, proud of their father's heritage as limestone workers in the once prosperous factory town. But there is no future for the boys as Cutters, and not one of them has plans for college. So now that Mike (Dennis Quaid) is no longer a star quarterback, Moocher (Jackie Earl Haley) can't decide if he wants to break up or marry his girlfriend, and quick-witted Cyril (Daniel Stern) can no longer play the class clown, they have no idea what to do with themselves. Luckily, avid cyclist Dave (Dennis Christopher) knows exactly what he wants. He aspires to be one of the world's best bicyclists. There's only one obstacle: The leading racers are Italian, and Dave is not. A romantic dreamer, he races around his hometown, singing opera, speaking in an Italian accent, and stumping his parents with his newfangled Italian ways. When his affair with Katherine (an Italian exchange student) evokes jealousy from a few big boys on campus, Dave decides that a bike race is the only way to settle the score and prove that Cutters are not losers. The film features a remarkable performance from character actor Paul Dooley, who shines as Dave's befuddled and frustrated working-class father. Screenwriter Steve Tesich's script is an intelligent and humorous masterpiece, full of subtle humor and insightful dialogue. All the components combine to make one of the most charming comedies of all time.
right on! a classic!got2ryd
May 4, 2001 5:14 AM
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Watched it again a few weeks ago ...bianchi boy
May 4, 2001 6:20 AM
And I enjoyed it thoroughly. It had probably been 15 years since I last saw it. One correction to your story line -- Katherine is not Italian but a sorority girl from Chicago or some place like that, but Dave leads her to believe that HE is Italian. When she finds out the truth, she is crushed and dumps him like a sack of potatoes. Then, at the end, Dave meets a French exchange student and they go riding off into the sunset (or campus) together.

Now for the trivia questions (which appeared in a previous thread on this topic) -- What kind of bike does Dave ride, and what color is it? What is the name of the Italian team that wipes him out in the bike race?
Watched it again a few weeks ago ...JL
May 4, 2001 7:42 AM
The bike is red (but I can't remember the bike name). And the Italian team is Cinzano. Everytime I see the bottle in the liquor store I think of this movie.

JL
Is it QuickSilver?? nmconfusion
May 3, 2001 10:34 PM
Nomike mcmahon
May 3, 2001 10:37 PM
Quicksilver was a stinky movie with a stinky actor in the lead role. The fact that bicycles prominently figure in a movie does not, in itself, make it a good cycling movie.
The Bicycle ThiefJiggy
May 4, 2001 5:44 AM
a true classic
The Bicycle ThiefMeDotOrg
May 4, 2001 8:15 AM
A great movie...
"Tokyo Raiders", widescreen 1.85 DVDBreck
May 4, 2001 12:01 PM
Not really the best "bike" flic but check out the bad guys on the BMX bikes chasing the good guy on a motorized scooter. Otherwise fun-like kung fu-ish almost Mel Brooks like (Young Frankenstein) directing. Gotta see this!

cheers!