A delightful sleeper. Set in Bloomington, Indiana, and nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture (it lost to KRAMER VS. KRAMER), BREAKING AWAY is a very funny and touching story about love, growing up, bicycle racing, and class consciousness. Dave Stohler (Christopher) and three of his
friends (Quaid, Stern, and Haley) are recent high-school graduates. More importantly, in the eyes of nearby Indiana University students, they are "cutters"--declasse Bloomington townies, so named because many of the locals earn their living cutting rock in limestone quarries. For a time, Stohler,
an avid bicycle racer, immerses himself in an alternative identity, pretends to be Italian...