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Personal Best (1982)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  26 June 1982 (Japan)
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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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Penny Brill (as Kari Gosswiller)
Jodi Anderson ...
Nadia 'Pooch' Anderson
Maren Seidler ...
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Deby Laplante ...
Mitzi McMillin ...
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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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26 June 1982 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

As Parceiras  »

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The movie featured a number of real life athletes including Jane Frederick (pentathlon), Jodi Anderson (pentathlon), Deby Laplante (hurdles), Pam Spencer (high jump), Maren Seidler (shotput), and Kenny Moore (marathon). All these performances were motion picture debuts. See more »


At 1:06:26, a blue shoe to the left of Chris' marker is no where near the marker, but at 1:06:42, it is next to the marker. See more »


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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Written and Sung by Allan Feuerbach
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An outstanding movie
29 June 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Personal Best is a gripping film about competition and pushing oneself to the absolute limit - what you leave behind in the process and what you build. Mariel Hemingway's character Chris is blessed with natural talent but initially lacks the drive and motivation that has taken her soon-to-be lover Tori to a higher level in women's track and field. When Chris begins training with Tori and Tori's coach takes her under his wing, Chris moves to the next level.

As Chris' and Tori's romantic relationship begins and then evolves, the competition between them intensifies. Chris' coach Scott Glen remarks to Chris, "I don't know which scares you more, beating Tori Skinner or losing to her." Her quandary culminates at the Olympic Trials where Chris and Tori compete for 2 of the 3 spots on the US Women's Pentathalon Team. And the result is unpredictable yet makes perfect sense - and it was even more meaningful given that the competition was for spots non an Olympic team that wasn't going anywhere, as the Moscow Olypics would take place without the US athletes.

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