I just noticed that Steve Tesich wrote Breaking Away and American Flyers. He also wrote the screenplay for The World According to Garp. Also this:
In 1962, he was was an alternate rider for the Phi Kappa Psi team in the Little 500 bicycle race. His teammate, Dave Blase, rode 139 of 200 laps and was the victory rider crossing the finish line for his team. They developed a friendship and Dave provided the inspiration for the main character in Tesich's award-winning screenplay, "Breaking Away(1979)".
George Allen Lexington, KY USA
John Hurley wrote:
>Bill Silverman wrote:
>"I saw the movie once (& that was enough!) about 8 years ago while on a
>Bike Vermont tour. Excuse me while I barf. Lousy acting, gratuitous
>bxxb shot of the girlfriend, guys with brain aneurysms don't bleed out
>of the ear. Best thing about the movie was the bike, oh yeah, and Rae
>Dawn Chong's wheel change scene."
>You're absolutely right, Bill. I bought a copy back in December from
>one of those Dollar stores, and couldn't even finish watching it. I've
>never been so embarrassed for my generation, and for the movie industry.
>And Kevin Costner. Dale, your comments were tongue-in-cheek, right?
>I would think racing enthusiasts would be incensed that they co-opted
>Eddy Merckx' nickname "The Cannibal" for use by Costner's rival.
>Everything about the movie seemed artless and contrived. The only thing
>going for it was the youth and health and attractiveness of the actors,
>and the cool bikes. Rae Dawn's character was the most believable. The
>film was directed by John Badham. It's a cheap shot, but how's that for
>a name? Someday I'll have to lock myself in a room and watch the rest
>of it, in search of some redeeming quality that would account for why it
>is regarded so highly by some.
>Anyone know any good films involving cycling?
>Austin, Texas, USA