37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Breaking Away

Breaking Away FINAL Play Button

Fresh out of high school in Bloomington, Indiana, Dave and his working-class best friends Cyril, Moocher, and Mike are desperate to cling to their youth. As the pressures of adulthood inch closer, the group begins to drift apart, with Dave having to decide between attending college and pursuing his aspirations of training with the professional bicycling team, Cinzano. This classic piece of American cinema from acclaimed director Peter Yates explores the dichotomy of pursuing one’s dreams versus following a traditional path, all with a mix of intelligence, humor, and suburban wit. Introduction by VAFF director Jody Kielbasa, discussion with actor Dennis Christopher, moderated by Elizabeth Flock (PBS NewsHour)

Supported by Boar’s Head Resort


Friday, October 25


6:00 PM


PVCC Dickinson Center

Film Info

Director: Peter Yates

Runtime: 101 min.

Genre: Classics

Year: 1979

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Early Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley