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The 50 Greatest Sports Movies
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Breaking Away (1979)

DIRECTOR Peter Yates
STARS Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Another coming-of-age story, Breaking Away is like a smaller-scale, less pretentious Big Wednesday with cycling instead of surfing. Belonging to Peter Yates' fun-but-goofy period that came well after Bullitt and also gave us Krull, it's about four jobless boys in a quarrying town, dismissed as "cutters" by the snobs and jocks at the nearby university, struggling to find identities as their youth slips away. For Dennis Quaid's Mike, the dream of professional football is already over, but Dennis Christopher's Dave still indulges a bizarre obsession with Italy and its bike-racing team. The cycling isn't really centre-stage until the end, but when it arrives it's exhilarating.

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DEFINING MOMENT
"Don't forget to punch the clock, Shorty!" Jackie Earle Haley obliges...
KEY TACTICS
Train by chasing lorries and hot chicks; tie your feet to the pedals.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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