Breaking Away is one of the best movies ever made. Bar none. If I had to make a Top-
Not that the film was overlooked by any means, it did still win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy). But that still only accounted for $20 million in box-
Dave gives university a shot -
Dave and his friends are townies living in a mid-
Dave idolizes the Italian cycling team so much that he’s convinced himself he’s Italian, much to his father’s continual consternation.
Dave and his buddies are forced to defend the town’s honour in the big intramural bicycle race at the university. But, pretty soon, it’s only up to Dave...
The college kids show up, encroaching on their territory!
Once the college kids show up, it’s us vs. them. Cutters vs. college kids. Townies vs. out-
The first scene of Breaking Away is a master-
Just one little scene (while the credits roll) and the audience knows everything about these guys. We know they’ve been friends forever. It’s like we’re part of their group of friends. After only one short scene (behind the credits).
The Italians come to town -
And then they cheat… (66min)
This destroys everything Dave believes. Everything he holds dear. It turns his entire world upside-
His heroes are actually bad guys. He’s been deluding himself for years.
Notice how the setting changes: We go from the streets -
Notice how the stakes rise tremendously: Dave’s honour, as well as that of his friends and the entire town, ride on his shoulders now.
Dave is broken. Defeated. Completely.
Whenever you have a false-
Original movie posters from the film
Home is where the heart is. Honesty is the best policy. Sort of...
Dave learns to not be embarrassed by where he’s from, his hometown, and all the local cutters.
Overcoming this character-
The Italians are coming! The Italians are coming! (23min)
Dave now has a goal -
Notice how the setting changes: Quarry and the college in the first act to streets in the second.
Notice how the stakes rise tremendously: Dave goes from the small-
Rising action: the chase behind the semi-
Breaking Away has a unique story-