Breaking Away
First screened in July 2016
Director: Peter Yates. Cast: Dennis Christopher, Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Paul Dooley, Barbara Barrie, Robyn Douglass, Hart Bochner, Amy Wright, John Ashton, Carlos Sintes, Eddy Van Guyse, Woody Hueston, John W. Ryan, David K. Blase, P.J. Soles, Lisa Shure. Screenplay: Steve Tesich.

Twitter Capsule: Puts all its chips on the Amiable Americana square. Sadly, I wasn't too charmed. Decently engineered for what it is.

VOR:   Retains a loyal following. Avoids some typical ways of softening or romanticizing small-town American and childhood experience. In other ways, though, the recipe feels old.



Photo © 1979 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. B–


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Peter Yates
Best Supporting Actress: Barbara Barrie
Best Original Screenplay: Steve Tesich
Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score: Patrick Williams

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Director: Peter Yates
Best Screenplay: Steve Tesich
Best New Star (Male): Dennis Christopher

Other Awards:
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Comedy
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture; Best Screenplay
National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor (Dooley)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Most Promising Newcomer (Christopher)

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