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Downhill Racer (1969)

Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax.

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Claire
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Carole
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Machet
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Creech
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Reporter
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Mayo
Kenneth Kirk ...
D.K.
Oren Stevens ...
Kipsmith
Jerry Dexter ...
Engel
Walter Stroud ...
Mr. Chappellet
Carole Carle ...
Lena
Rip McManus ...
Devore
Joe Jay Jalbert ...
Tommy Erb
Tom J. Kirk ...
Stiles
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David Chappellet is a mean-spirited skier, who profits from another skier's injury to gain a spot on the American Olympic team. His roommate sums up his goals when he observes of David, "He's not for the team, and he never will be"; but precisely who the David is that David is so fiendishly striving for we're never to learn. He develops a short-lived relationship with Carole Stahl, a glamorous European woman even more capricious than himself. Chappellet's identity trouble are exacerbated by the fact that he is an "Event" as well as a personality; and more astute minds than his own have difficulty where the one leaves off and the other takes over. Director Michael Richie's ("The Candidate") feature film debut. Written by alfiehitchie

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How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?

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Drama | Sport

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9 January 1970 (Canada)  »

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La descente infernale  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Natalie Wood worked as an assistant behind the scenes of this movie. She typed script revisions, shopped for wardrobe and props, and also appeared, well-disguised, as an extra in some crowd scenes. See more »

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At around 22:00 we see Chaplet readying to race downhill by setting his goggles, yet there's been a big deal made of him setting his goggles prior. One expects to see him approach the starting line with goggles ready. See more »

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Chappellet: If I could have started five places ahead - just five - then I would've at least had good snow. I wouldn't have lost my balance in the ruts. I wouldn't have had to pull so hard after...
Claire: No.
Chappellet: What do you mean "no"? If I'd have started in the first 15, I could've won it.
Claire: No. You just weren't good enough. That's all. You lost your strength, and then the bumps took you out. That's it. That's all there was to it. You gotta' have your strength right up to the end. These guys aren't amateurs. They're ...
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Missed opportunity
17 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There were some curious choices made when this movie was put together. There seems no reason why the film couldn't have been much more successful if it had wanted to be. It has some fine actors, the skiing is great and the plot is basically the same as "Top Gun".

Robert Redford is one of the most charming and charismatic leading men of the modern era, but here he plays an unlikeable loner. In fact, almost everyone in the film is more likable than Redford, and you really wish someone would beat some sense into him. So we don't really care that much if he wins or loses.

The film isn't helped much by the jazz score, which would work for some noir detective flick, but hardly for the high adrenaline sport of downhill racing. Pity.


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