breaking away ….

Breaking Away is a 1979 American film. A coming of age story, it follows a group of four male teenagers inBloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. It stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid,Daniel Stern (in his first film role), Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley. The film was written by Steve Tesich (an alumnus of Indiana University) and directed by Peter Yates. Tesich would go on to script another cycling-themed film, American Flyers, starring Kevin Costner. The film was shot in and around Bloomington, Indiana and on the scenic campus of Indiana University.

The film won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Tesich, and also received nominations forBest Actress in a Supporting Role (Barbara Barrie), Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Picture. The film also won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film (Comedy or Musical).

The film is ranked eighth on the List of America’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies compiled by the American Film Institute(AFI) in 2006. In June 2008, AFI announced its “Ten top Ten”—the best ten films in ten “classic” American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Breaking Away was acknowledged as the eighth best film in the sports genre

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