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SUBJECTS — Sports/Bicycle Racing; U.S./ 1945 - 1991; Indiana;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Coming of Age; Parenting;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG; Comedy; 1979; 100 minutes; Color.
Breaking Away is a classic sports film about an underdog trying to prevail against a powerful and favored opponent. In Breaking Away, the sport is bicycle racing. The movie, however, is about much more than sports.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Breaking Away will enhance its usefulness in addressing serious issues, including: coming of age; cheating in sports competitions; idols with feet of clay; the difficulty that boys from limited backgrounds have in deciding what to do after high school; leaving childhood friends behind when you go to college; youthful obsessions; parents' attempts to adjust to the youthful obsessions of their children; and a man's attempt to be a good father despite great differences with his son.
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Description: This is a charming presentation of the first year after high school graduation of four boys from Bloomington, Indiana. At loose ends, they are struggling to decide what to do with the rest of their lives. Dave, the primary character, wins a racing bicycle, begins to win competitive races, and fancies himself an Italian bicycle racer.
Benefits: Breaking Away is a classic sports film with the underdog trying to prevail against a powerful and favored opponent. But it also addresses serious issues with warmth and humor. These include: the difficulty that boys from limited backgrounds have in deciding what to do after high school; going to college and leaving your friends behind; the feelings of inferiority often experienced by local kids in a college town; youthful obsessions; parents' attempts to adjust to a child's youthful obsessions; cheating in sports competitions; idols with feet of clay; and a man's attempt to be a good father despite great differences between him and his son.
The Learning Guide to the film Breaking Away contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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