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Old 12-17-21, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
... his dad's hardassed singular personality is an exhausted trope that deserved to largely die off with modern film.
... Change how his parents behave on screen and the movie immediately increases in quality. Exponential increase.

But yeah, unpopular take.
His dad was basically my Dad, and my mother was more of a free spirit. So that movie hits home with me. That was a lot of people's Dad from that age group, WWII or Korea vet's that were not like many parents of the current age. My dad never would have changed a diaper or took care of sick kids, they were the money makers, not the kid watchers. It was a different time and place. I am 57 and my wife worked 12 hrs shifts as a nurse and worked nights, I was the primary parent that did most of the kid raising due to that.
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Old 12-17-21, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by joeruge
Has no one mentioned "The Flying Scotsman?" The (more or less) true story of cyclist Graeme Obree. Interesting movie, inspiring, a little sad.
Yeah, I put it as one of my top 3. But, also put Pee Wee's Big Adventure up there as well. At least I'm inconsistent. 👍
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Old 12-17-21, 06:02 PM
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Wadjda

Basically little to no bike riding in this movie about desperately wanting a bike, and how the act of riding can define a person.
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Schwinn Varsity - the movie

The screenplay won an award but the movie was never made.




Concept trailer: https://vimeo.com/205528694

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Old 12-17-21, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Unpopular take- Breaking Away is a major disappointment for most who werent a teenager or older in the late 70s. The directing is haphazard, writing is unimpressive, and the over-the-top acting is tough to sit thru.
LMAO! Won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture.
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I really enjoyed this movie...
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Old 12-17-21, 06:14 PM
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Not only is there a thread about this very topic, but a whole subforum... https://www.bikeforums.net/books-mov...ike-movie.html
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Old 12-17-21, 06:33 PM
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Old 12-17-21, 09:48 PM
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LarrySellerz I enjoyed watching 2 Secondes this morning, thank you for the link!
Glad you enjoyed it!
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Old 12-17-21, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Unpopular take- Breaking Away is a major disappointment for most who werent a teenager or older in the late 70s. The directing is haphazard, writing is unimpressive, and the over-the-top acting is tough to sit thru.

I was a teenager in the '70s, and I think you nailed it. I've never been able to sit through it. Whatsisname in the lead role is insufferably bad.
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Old 12-18-21, 02:40 AM
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Not a movie but a good documentary. I was in the infantry and wish we had a bicycle corps.

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Old 12-18-21, 03:35 AM
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I am quite enjoying the Rapha short films on YouTube - in particular the Lachlan and Lael gravel films.
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Old 12-18-21, 11:00 AM
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"The Train" is a great steam engine WWII movie. A French bicycle plays a big part in the movie. Well worth the watch, period.
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Old 12-18-21, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud
Didn't know any of this - thanks for the info
After David's short pro cycling career, where IIRC he met his wife, he came back to the US and became a HS Biology teacher. A bit of an eccentric, wearing knickers and riding a bike to work (in the 70's, in Indiana; nobody did that), he told cycling stories to his students. One of his cycling teammates went to Hollywood, and a movie was made around the stories. Dave also created a High School Little 500 (Indianapolis Arlington), where we rode honest to goodness used IU Little 5 AMF Roadmaster coaster brake bicycles. He was, funny enough, the race announcer at those events. My team came in 7th my Junior year, and 2nd my Senior year. The Cutters stuff was pure Hollywood, but Dave was at least as interesting as the movie character. Good times.

You can imagine how excited it was, to hear a movie was being made around his cycling exploits. I didn't make it down to Bloomington to be an extra, but some friends can be spotted in the crowd.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Blase

Dave at 78
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Old 12-19-21, 09:53 AM
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Just watched “60 Cycles” music sounds like Dick Dale. Odd surf music for a bike race in Canada but it did add to the fast tempo. Good job for 1964-65
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Old 12-19-21, 11:00 AM
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Quicksilver

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No love for the blockbuster smash "Quicksilver?" Come on, that movie practically changed the culture of cycling. What a story arc!

I think that's the movie the OP will enjoy the most. Give it a watch.
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Old 12-20-21, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Breaking Away is a coming of age film that happens to involve some cycling. Dennis Quaid’s first major motion picture. Dennis Christopher is a Philly boy and a smoker at the time of the film. Paul Dooley and Barbara Barrie give great performances. The later was nominated for an Oscar for her role. She lost to Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer.
I hated Kramer vs. Kramer. And I never even saw it!

I was 13 or 14 at the time and I was convinced that if my parents ever saw that movie, they'd suddenly get the idea than an ugly divorce was a good idea. They always seemed like they were one good argumemt away from a breakup as it was anyway.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
I hated Kramer vs. Kramer. And I never even saw it!

I was 13 or 14 at the time and I was convinced that if my parents ever saw that movie, they'd suddenly get the idea than an ugly divorce was a good idea. They always seemed like they were one good argumemt away from a breakup as it was anyway.
I don't know if I have ever seen the entire thing. I do remember not liking what I did see all that much.
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Old 12-20-21, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
I hated Kramer vs. Kramer. And I never even saw it!

I was 13 or 14 at the time and I was convinced that if my parents ever saw that movie, they'd suddenly get the idea than an ugly divorce was a good idea. They always seemed like they were one good argumemt away from a breakup as it was anyway.
Never saw it. Not much of a Streep fan. Decent actress, but kind of blah. Was it worse than The War of the Roses?
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I lived in Bloomington when Breaking Away was shot in 1978 and saw a few scenes filmed.
A couple of images of the filming of the scene on IU campus where Dave Stohler sees Katherine drop a notebook as she takes off on her scooter after a class. Just before Dave jumps up to retrieve the notebook and return it to her.



I began cycling while living there - great area for biking.
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Old 12-21-21, 12:27 AM
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there was a movie called Quicksilver, it was about bike messengers. never saw it so i cannot vouch.

that Giant film on Hans (no way) Ray was pretty good back in the day...
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Old 12-21-21, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by tcs
Schwinn Varsity - the movie

The screenplay won an award but the movie was never made.




Concept trailer: https://vimeo.com/205528694

I'm in
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Old 12-21-21, 03:22 PM
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Old 12-24-21, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by seypat
Never saw it. Not much of a Streep fan. Decent actress, but kind of blah. Was it worse than The War of the Roses?
war of the roses was better
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Old 12-25-21, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider
war of the roses was better
Let me clarify. I was talking about the malice between the couples, not the quality of the movie. War of the Roses was entertaining.
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