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.


Steve Tesich




1981   1980  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
Barbara Barrie ...  Evelyn Stoller / ... 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Shaun Cassidy ...  Dave Stoller 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Jackie Earle Haley ...  Moocher 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Tom Wiggin ...  Mike 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Thom Bray ...  Cyril 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Vincent Gardenia ...  Ray Stoller 8 episodes, 1980-1981
Shelby Brammer Shelby Brammer ...  Nancy 6 episodes, 1980-1981
Steve Doubet ...  Steve 4 episodes, 1980
Dominique Dunne ...  Paulina Bornstein / ... 3 episodes, 1980-1981
John Ashton ...  Roy 2 episodes, 1980-1981
Lou Walker ...  Mr. Fields / ... 2 episodes, 1980


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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Release Date:

29 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though the setting for the tv show is still Bloomington, Indiana, the actual filming location was Athens, Georgia. See more »


Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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a very underrated show
9 June 2006 | by carol-177See all my reviews

I was glad when TV Guide recently mentioned this show in passing as vastly underrated. I remember that back then it surprised me. I loved the movie and was well aware how TV series adapted movies into pablum. And Shaun Cassidy? You must be joking!

But he was absolutely terrific in the role. The others in the cast were also top-notch. Not only the premise but the earnestness and atmosphere of the movie was uncompromised during the course of the series. It was heart-warming, funny, and inspiring. (The only actor I didn't like was Jack Earl Haley, but I didn't like him in the movie, either -- or anywhere else, if I must tell the truth.) Barbara Barrie was (as usual) so wonderful, never enough air time for her, and Vincent Gardenia was an astonishingly great match to fill Paul Dooley's shoes!

When will this come out on DVD? I'd love to see it again! Magnifico!

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