Film Details

Release Date: 1 Jan 1979
Duration (in mins): 100
Dennis Christopher (Dave)
Dennis Quaid (Mike)
Daniel Stern (Cyril)
Jackie Earle Haley (Moocher)
Barbara Barrie (Mom)
Peter Yates
Steve Tesich
Peter Yates
20th Century Fox Distribution
20th Century Fox
Dave is a recent high school graduate in Bloomington, Indiana, who is caught with his friends coasting between high school and deciding what to do with the rest of their lives. The four friends are snobbishly looked down upon by the college students of the town as "cutters," since they were born in Bloomington and their parents worked in the local limestone quarries that built the university.

Dave wants to be a champion bicycle racer and he idolizes the Italian racing team -- so much so that he speaks, thinks, and acts Italian, all to his father's forlorn exasperation. Dave falls for a college girl, but is ashamed to admit he is a cutter and poses as an Italian exchange student to impress her. Dave is particularly excited when his heroes, the Italian racers, come to town for a race. But they are even more snobbish than the college students and rely on dirty tricks to keep Dave from winning a race against them. After that ordeal, Dave throws away his false identity and convinces his friends to enter the university's "Little 500" bicycle race against the college students.