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The Competition (1980)

 -  Drama | Romance | Music  -  3 December 1980 (USA)
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The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will ... See full summary »

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Paul Dietrich
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Heidi Joan Schoonover
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Greta Vandemann
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Andrew Erskine
Joseph Cali ...
Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson ...
Michael Humphries
Vicki Kriegler ...
Tatjana Baronova
Adam Stern ...
Mark Landau
Philip Sterling ...
Mr. Dietrich
Gloria Stroock ...
Mrs. Dietrich
Bea Silvern ...
Madame Gorshev
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Brudenell (as James B. Sikking)
Delia Salvi ...
Mrs. DiSalvo
Jimmy Sturtevant ...
Vinnie DiSalvo
Kathy Talbot ...
Denise DiSalvo
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The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her teacher, Greta, or will she condemn Paul to obscurity? Written by Reid Gagle

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If you're really in love... nothing's going to stand in your way. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Music

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The number of finalists in "The Competition" was six after an initial twelve competitors. The grand finale of "The Competition" involved playing a concerto with the orchestra conducted by legendary music maestro Andrew Erskine and then performing a selection of music pieces of their own choice. See more »

Goofs

The piano fingering is often out of sync with the music, especially during Heidi's performance of Prokofiev's 3rd. See more »

Quotes

Greta Vandemann: What can you play on 24 hours notice if Serkin or Gilels cancels?
Heidi Joan Schoonover: Serkin Gilels 24-Hour Cancellation Blues.
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Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Competition (2002) See more »

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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev (as Prokofiev)
Performed by Daniel Pollack, piano
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Not an incisive examination of the cutthroat world of music competition
2 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good drama with great classical music. Not an incisive examination of the cutthroat world of music competition although they do delve into it somewhat. More a drama of a selfish man letting down his defenses and a young girl who learns more than she bargains for when she lets down her guard.

Excellent performances from the leads with Lee Remick adding her special brand of class but putting an icy edge to it as Amy's teacher. The only rough patch is when the two leads, who are remarkably free of rhythm for supposed musicians, dance to contemporary and quite awful music. They're glue-foots.

For classical music lovers this will be a treat.


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