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Personal Best (1982)

The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Patrice Donnelly ...
Kenny Moore ...
Denny Stites
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Roscoe Travis
Kari G. Peyton ...
Penny Brill (as Kari Gosswiller)
Jodi Anderson ...
Maren Seidler ...
Tanya
Martha Watson ...
Sheila
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Maureen
Pam Spencer ...
Jan
Deby Laplante ...
Trish
Mitzi McMillin ...
Laura
Jan Glotzer ...
Karen
Jan Van Reenen ...
Yelovitch
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The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

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Drama | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1982 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

As Parceiras  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,797, 7 February 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,672,311
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Real life marathon runner Kenny Moore ran the marathon at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics where he finished fourth in the latter. Moore does not play a marathon runner though in this sports movie, Moore plays an Olympic swimmer and water polo player. See more »

Goofs

Tory goes through the other runners twice. See more »

Quotes

Terry Tingloff: All right, one thing ya gotta understand: I could've been a man's coach. Backfield coach, Oregon State: I had the job, I had the job, I actually had the job. You understand? I had the job. Ah, well. Coach of the year. I was coach of the year last year. You know what that means when you're a womens' coach? Jack shit. I mean I could have coached football. Do you actually think that Chuck Knoll has to worry that Franco Harris is gonna cry 'cause Terry Bradshaw won't talk to him? - Hmm? - Jack ...
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Connections

Featured in Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Over
Written by Boz Scaggs (as B. Scaggs) and David Paich (as D. Paich)
Sung by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of CBS Records
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The best movie about athletes ever
13 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I believe this movie was the first, and best, movie to treat the relationship between sex and athletic performance in a serious and non stereotypical way. Other films treated athletes as either eunuch/priests whose only concern was their athletic performance, or as over sexed satyrs who required sex as a release and/or distraction from the rigors of training, or sexual relations were gratuitously thrown in as a prerequisite romantic line to draw in a bigger audience.In Personal Best the sexual aspect was actually integral to the plot. We see how sex gets people better opportunities, drives wedges between competitors, and induces self sacrifice--albeit in this case all for naught.I will admit that some of the nude scenes appeared to be gratuitous on the surface, but when you analyze the film you see it was really necessary to show how all those firm toned naked bodies in semi-erotic poses (necessary for maximum athletic performance, I might add) could lead someone down the path to homosexuality.Overall, this movie is a masterpiece of its genre that is interesting, stimulating, and exciting for people of all persuasions.


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