Breaking Away: Celebrating the Little 500

Celebrate the 36th annual Women’s & 73rd annual Men’s LITTLE 500 with THE quintessential Bloomington film BREAKING AWAY.

Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film that follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. The film stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern (in his film debut), Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, and Robyn Douglass.

Breaking Away won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writer Steve Tesich, an alumnus of Indiana University, where much of the movie was filmed.

The protagonist, a local boy named Dave Stoller, becomes smitten with bike racing and an IU coed at the same moment. He takes on a shiny new Italian persona, driving his honesty-is-optional used car salesman father to the brink of heart failure. The movie's climax takes place at the annual Little 500 where the Cutters team defeat the fraternity boys for the first time.

Rated PG

Breaking Away: Celebrating the Little 500
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  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • Students $5, Adults $7