On Wednesday, June 8 the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will have an open air screening of the 1979 classic film Breaking Away, complete with coal fired pizza and ice cream. This film follows cycling obsessed Dave Stoller (Dennis Christopher)a recent high school gradate and his three friends Mike (Dennis Quaid), Cyril (Daniel Stern), and Mooch (Jackie Earle Haley) as they try to figure out the next phase of their lives as adults. This New York Times review accurately sums up Breaking Away without any spoilers. Breaking Away won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and in 2006 the American Film Institute placed Breaking Away as the eighth most inspirational movie in 100 years.
One of the frustrations I have with Philadelphia is a lack of a bicycle culture, unless you are into riding with a club and centuries. I hope that this becomes a monthly summer time event and that the BCGP will consider some additional films. Such as RAD starring Nichole Kidman, BMX Bandits, American Flyers, and the classic love story between and man and his bicycle, Pee Wee's Big Adventure.