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Breaking Away

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission : $USD 5.00


No showtimes available.


Picture of the 4 cyclists on the Cutters Team.Shot in and around Bloomington and the IU campus, Breaking Away takes the viewer on a tour of 1979 Bloomington as a story full of comedy, excitement, and pathos unfolds against locations both familiar and surprising for current residents. Much like the scenery, the story captures a Bloomington both deeply familiar and intriguingly distant. Dave, along with his friends Cyril, Moocher, and Mike, has just graduated from high school. As the four friends search for their next steps in life, they struggle with the divide between the townies – or “cutters” – and the university students. Ignoring the pressure to get a steady job, Dave pursues his obsession with bike racing, going to great lengths to emulate his Italian cycling heroes and impress his crush, an IU student – all to the annoyance of his friends and parents. The film’s climactic depiction of the Little 500 race is a must-see!

Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming-of-age comedy produced and directed by Peter Yates and written by Steve Tesich, an alumnus of Indiana University Bloomington. Breaking Away won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and received nominations in four other categories, including Best Picture. It also won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film (Comedy or Musical), and received nominations in three other Golden Globe categories. As the film’s young lead, Dennis Christopher won the 1979 BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the 1979 Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actor, as well as receiving a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. The film is ranked eighth on the List of America’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies compiled by the American Film Institute (AFI) in 2006.

Anyone who was an extra in the film is encouraged to stop by the box office to share your story or any photos you have from the film shoot. We’ll provide one free ticket to each person who helped to make this film possible!

Release date: 1979
Run time: 1 hr 41 min
MPAA rating: PG
Screening format: DCP

Doors open at 7pm for this general admission event.

This film is part of the Sports IN Film Series:
Friday, August 16 – Breaking Away
Saturday, August 17 – Hoosiers
Sunday, August 18 – Rudy

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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