Breaking Away (1980–1981)

TV Series   |    |  Drama, Family

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Four buddies live in Bloomington, Indiana, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.


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Steve Tesich

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23 October 2018 | davidrediscovery
| Two versions of the pilot
Little known fact: there were two versions of the pilot. The one that aired on ABC was pretty similar in tone to the other episodes. But when the show was rerun on A&E, the pilot episode was recut: scenes cut, other scenes never seen before added. Plus it was given an opening credits sequence (the other episodes just opened with titles over the opening scene) and a new theme (not used in any of the other episodes). Plus the entire hour was rescored in a manner not consistent with the classical adaptations heard in the other episodes and in the movie. Don't know whose idea it was, but it didn't help matters. It was nice to see some new footage from the pilot, and I even made up a tape combining the footage from both versions for an expanded version.

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