Great movie, albeit, now that I am a cyclist I can see the "holes" in it.
This was the Top Gun of cycling movies IMO. Made me want to ride soooo bad! -------- "Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word" - John Steinbeck
I love the fact that they make the russian cyclist a big bear of a guy with a full beard--- I remember hearing about a screening of this movie (right before it came out in 1985) to the pros before the world championships-- and when the movie was over the russians were rolling on the floor laughing at how the Soviet rider was portrayed.
Breaking Away - a great movie and a movie that really motivated me to checking out road cycling, at least from the context and persepctive of beinga triathlete. This movie is in my all-time top ten movies.
It seems a little dated now, but the acting is outstanding.
i was interested to see that alexandra paul did the hawaii ironman in 13:18....also that one bike crash (right after Costner bleeding from the ears) wasn't staged...an extra just happened to crash hard on camera.
We have 'Breaking Away'. It's one of my son's favorite movies - he loves the dining hall brawl. So, my wife found 'American Flyers' on DVD. So we all sat down for theater night. What do we get? Alexandra Paul topless and then in bed with the kid. A little more than I care for my 8 yo son to see, otherwise a great movie.
BTW: I love in 'Breaking Away' where he's drafting the truck at, what, 60 MPH and he's on his small ring. Proud member of FISHTWITCH: doing a bit more than fish exercise now.
you will be sorely disappointed. a little good cycling, but as a film, it is very very poor. no plot as well. breaking away is 10 times better.
for sports films (real sports--swim, bike, run), one of the best is 'without limits', a running film about one of the fastest men in the world and the beginning of an american craze. there you will not be disappointed.
Hey I am in that movie. We were watching the Classic when they filmed the Morgel Bismark stage. They panned the crown and we were in the film. You need a magnifying glass and stop action. It was pretty funny having to reset up everything for the fake finishes. Pretty cool being there, I thought the movie sucked.