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Breaking Away, 1979
Oscar-winning mix of bicycle racing and lyrical coming-of-age drama, vivified by a terrific sense of place (Bloomington, Indiana) and an acute sense of class. Our heroes are four blue collar natives pushed aside by the gilded college youth until a bicycle race presents the perfect opportunity to strike back. Has one of the great sports movie fathers in Paul Dooley, recoiling in horror at his son’s infatuation with all things Italian. “I want some American food, dammit! I want French fries!”