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The Competition (1980)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson ...
Michael Humphries
Vicki Kriegler ...
Tatjana Baronova
Adam Stern ...
Mark Landau
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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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Storyline

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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They shouldn't like each other. Instead, they fall in love. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Music

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3 December 1980 (USA)  »

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La competición  »

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Trivia

The link between music and temperament determined the six concerti which the finalists would perform. The selection, including Concerto #5 in E Flat Major, Opus 73, "The Emperor" by Beethoven (Dreyfuss), Piano Concerto #3 in C Major, Opus 26 by Prokofiev (Irving), Concerto 4f1 in E Flat Major by Lizst (Stern), Concerto #1 in E Minor, Opus 11 by Chopin (Henderson), Concerto #1 in D Minor, Opus 15 by Brahms (Kreigler) and Concerto #2 in G Minor, Opus 22 by St. Saens (Cali), was made by musical director Lalo Schifrin who then took on the monumental task of abridging each work. See more »

Goofs

When Heidi and Paul are playing piano together (looking at vs. reading the sheet music), they're obviously not playing the same measure, as he's looking at the left page and she's looking at the right page. It's right before Heidi laughs and points out something, to Paul, about the way it was played before by a certain musician. It revealed the fact that the actors were not real musicians, knowing how to read music. See more »

Quotes

Greta Vandemann: [Referring to the piano] That is your first husband, that, you... you marry it the way a nun marries Jesus. You cleave to it, because it gives your life a center that no man... that very few men can possibly give you, least of all a rival for the thing your life is centered on.
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Connections

Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Competition (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto, No. 5
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Performed by Chet Swiatkowsky (as Chester B. Swiatkowski), piano
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28 November 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

To begin without thanking the principals for awesome piano faking would be horrendous, likewise to not applaud their training by Jean Evensen Shaw. There is a precision to what they do, with Amy and Richard to be sure but with all of them, that is astounding. It's a sweet tale but also an insight into the cruel world of music competition where the real hero this time around has to be Ludvig himself. If you have music and performing in you; if you have been classically trained; if you believe in love; then you will in turn love this movie and its music.


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