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    I saw Breaking Away before I was into cycling and enjoyed it. I watched it a few times since I've been cycling and appreciate how accurate most of the cycling stuff is. I called BS on the truck drafting bit the first time. I've actually done it myself now, lol.
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    Breaking Away was quite well received and surprisingly popular when it came out. It was a small independent film that achieved mass market success and many credit it with inspiring much of the success of the independent movie business over past three decades. It may seem "cheesy" to younger audiences because the themes have been done and redone so many times in the ensuing years. After seeing a lot of poor imitations, it's hard not to tar the original with the same brush.
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    ditto: gotta copy.

    one of suckiest films ever. wasted 1:5h of my life.

    I still have it on in the background occasionally tho
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    C'mon....Jennifer Grey was in it (it may have been her first film, I'd have to check) and Alexandra Paul, too. She was the Virgin Connie Swail in Dragnet with Akroyd and Tom Hanks. She later became a psychotic environmentalist that makes Al Gore seem sane. She was also in Baywatch.

    Costner was only three years into his career when he did this movie. It's funny because he had done Night Shift with Micheal Keaton and Silverado before he did Flyers. Flyers was not well written. It was done by Steve Tesich who also did Breaking Away, and also wrote The World According to Garp. It could also have been the way they cut the movie but I am not sure anyone really knows what the health issue was with the family (he's got it too!!!)...aneurysm? When you read the film description it refers to a tumor. Then Marcus starts bleeding from his ear? He miraculously seems to survive with a mere ice bag. And since he's a doctor, you'd think he'd know what was going on with his own health.

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    Another early Costner gem, if you like that sort of thing, is Sizzle Beach. It's so bad that the originally studio dumped it and then Troma (of Toxic Avenger fame) picked it up and distributed it unedited as a comedy. Funny for about 10 minutes unless you are a drunk college kid.

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    We only watch AF to see the parts shot in the Colorado National Monument, "The Tour of the Moon." It's one of our local rides. They have that route all out of order in the film. Otherwise, yeah it's a stinker.
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    Another early Costner film that is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time is Fandango. I highly recommend it if you're wanting to kill some time.
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    Badham directs American Flyers.
    Peter Yates directed Breaking Away.

    Tesich wrote the screenplays for both.
    He also wrote the screen adaptation for Garp, but the book was John Irving's.

    Breaking Away won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and was nominated for Best Picture. Also Dave Stohler's mom was nominated for best supporting.

    American Flyers was not nominated for anything but fastest channel change.


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    zombie thread I know, but I'm on a bit of cycling kick and wanted to watch a cycling flick late last night when I couldn't get to sleep. I almost watched Breaking Away, which I saw long ago, but decided to save that for a movie night with my wife since I know BA to actually be a pretty decent movie regardless of cycling. So I went to this list: http://www.bicycling.com/news/featur...-you-cant-miss. I actually tried to find "A Sunday in Hell" and some of the other flicks on the list, but the only one I could find to stream right away besides BA and Peewee Herman's movie was American Flyers. I think I would have done better with Peewee's Big Adventure. Yep, that's two hours of my life I'll never get back! Yep total cheesefest with a silly sentimental plot and bad acting, but I did like the cycling scenes. I didn't know anything about the Coors Classic before watching this movie. I'm not a seasoned race spectator, but I thought the actors did a decent job with the racing scenes.

    Who can recommend another cycling flick for me? Something else off that list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niloc View Post
    zombie thread I know, but I'm on a bit of cycling kick and wanted to watch a cycling flick late last night when I couldn't get to sleep. I almost watched Breaking Away, which I saw long ago, but decided to save that for a movie night with my wife since I know BA to actually be a pretty decent movie regardless of cycling. So I went to this list: http://www.bicycling.com/news/featur...-you-cant-miss. I actually tried to find "A Sunday in Hell" and some of the other flicks on the list, but the only one I could find to stream right away besides BA and Peewee Herman's movie was American Flyers. I think I would have done better with Peewee's Big Adventure. Yep, that's two hours of my life I'll never get back! Yep total cheesefest with a silly sentimental plot and bad acting, but I did like the cycling scenes. I didn't know anything about the Coors Classic before watching this movie. I'm not a seasoned race spectator, but I thought the actors did a decent job with the racing scenes.

    Who can recommend another cycling flick for me? Something else off that list?
    But the wheel change was good, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    But the wheel change was good, right?
    I guess so, why does everybody make a big deal about that? Was it well done? Poorly done? Has Rae Dawn Chong in it?

    Some of the gear shifting close ups seemed odd, like jumping down 4-5 cogs before attacking up a hill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niloc View Post
    I guess so, why does everybody make a big deal about that? Was it well done? Poorly done? Has Rae Dawn Chong in it?

    Some of the gear shifting close ups seemed odd, like jumping down 4-5 cogs before attacking up a hill?
    Compared to the rest of the cycling the wheel change was too well done.

    But that isn't wasn't does it for me. I was at that little boy age in the early 80's where I would sneak down after my parent went to bed to see if HBO was showing anything with boobies. Imagine the pleasant scarring I received one night when I discovered what Quest for Fire had going on. So yeah, having her change my wheels would be a dream come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    Compared to the rest of the cycling the wheel change was too well done.

    But that isn't wasn't does it for me. I was at that little boy age in the early 80's where I would sneak down after my parent went to bed to see if HBO was showing anything with boobies. Imagine the pleasant scarring I received one night when I discovered what Quest for Fire had going on. So yeah, having her change my wheels would be a dream come true.
    Yep I remember sneaking in late night TV looking for skin at right around that same time / age. AF pretty tame in that regard. Quest for Fire haha that's where the "cavemen" were taught missionary by the more advanced tribe right? Since the wheel hadn't been invented yet, I don't think there's any cycling scenes in it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niloc View Post
    Yep I remember sneaking in late night TV looking for skin at right around that same time / age. AF pretty tame in that regard. Quest for Fire haha that's where the "cavemen" were taught missionary by the more advanced tribe right? Since the wheel hadn't been invented yet, I don't think there's any cycling scenes in it...
    Maybe you didn't notice, but that is Rae Dawn under all that body paint. That one left a mark on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by save10 View Post
    is it as bad as the Star Wars Holiday Special?

    Youtube that if you dare.
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    Muzzin: [Muzzin tells Sarah that he hopes Marcus is okay, then notices Jerome looking at him funny] What?
    Jerome: You sounded half-human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    Man this movie sucks.


    you shut your mouth!! Lol

    I can see why some people don't like it. I remember watching it when I was 8 or 9 and I wasn't even a cyclist. I didn't see it again until I was a couple years into cycling and it brings back the memories I had when I first watched it. Acting isn't exactly the beat but its a classic. My buddies do a big gathering the night before one of the century rides we do annually and watch it while carbing up. Great times!!!

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    AF is a classic! Don't you guys do intervals like they did with Eddie!
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    I'm pretty sure the one phrase that is used more than any in that movie is "son of a *****."

    And there are a few scenes with Becky that I enjoy...
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    I was too busy watching him in "For love of the game" where he seems to blow fastballs right down the middle, by major leaguers.....
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    OK I kept going with my cycling flick kick and watched Breaking Away last night with my wife. Definitely a better all around movie than AF. I hadn't seen it for so long that I had forgotten most of the plot so it was like watching it new again. That's a sweet old Masi that Dave Stoller has isn't it? Latest and greatest at the time I guess. The cycling scenes were great, drafting the truck on the highway is a classic of course, and the "little 500" track race at the end was fun and seemed like a real amateur race. Hey I just googled it, I guess it is! Man those Cinzano I-ties were dicks huh? I was so disappointed in them for little Davey Stoller. I was also I little disappointed he didn't hook up with "Katerina" at the end but that would have been too formula I guess...

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    I watch BA at least once a year, I still enjoy it as a movie and a motivator. When American Flyers came out I was a teen just getting into cycling, I remember the first time I saw AF and was so pumped I went out for a 65km ride, probably 1986 or 1985. And while I thought it was uber cool how they caught the footage of the upshifting down the freewheel my knees always got sore when watching (plus I got a kick out of telling non cycling friends how unrealistic that was). A year later I started working in my first bike shop that still had a couple of the Specialized Allez Epic's which I think were the bikes in the movie equipped with Suntour Sprint which I bought and rode for a bit.

    So yeah, while when I see it on now I recognize the cheese factor, it still gives me the warm and fuzzies for fun times now gone... and Rae Dawn Chong doesn't hurt one bit she's plenty sexy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
    you shut your mouth!! Lol

    I can see why some people don't like it. I remember watching it when I was 8 or 9 and I wasn't even a cyclist. I didn't see it again until I was a couple years into cycling and it brings back the memories I had when I first watched it. Acting isn't exactly the beat but its a classic. My buddies do a big gathering the night before one of the century rides we do annually and watch it while carbing up. Great times!!!

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    No, crap is crap. I don't care if it is American Flyers, American Anthem or Side Out. Plenty of others.

    Vision Quest is great though. "It's not the six minutes.....it's what happens in that six minutes". Sniffle, sniffle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    No, crap is crap. I don't care if it is American Flyers, American Anthem or Side Out. Plenty of others.

    Vision Quest is great though. "It's not the six minutes.....it's what happens in that six minutes". Sniffle, sniffle.
    Yup, vision Quest also a keeper, that scene with Shute (sp?) climbing the stairs with the massive log on his back while Modine looks on always spurs me on

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    @Niloc, got me thinking of other cycling movies, anyone heard or seen of Rising from the Ashes documentary? I briefly searched on the forum but did not see links to it. Think I may buy or rent but wanted to hear others opinions first.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXfq0DxS4KM

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