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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

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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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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

One of a late 1970s early 1980s mini-cycle of films centering around women athletes. The movies include Blue Skies Again (1983) (baseball), Goldengirl (1979) (athletics), The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981) (athletics), Hockey Night (1984) (ice hockey), Quarterback Princess (1983) (gridiron), Personal Best (1982) (pentathlon), Gregory's Girl (1980) (soccer) and Heart Like a Wheel (1983) (drag racing). See more »

Goofs

During the trials, Chris fouls in the shot put. As it is assumed she made no mark in the event and scored zero points she surely would never have a chance to finish high up in the overall standings, especially after she also had a poor hurdles race. Not scoring in a heptathlon event will cost roughly 20% of your overall score, virtually impossible to make up over the other 4 events. See more »

Quotes

Terry Tingloff: The high jump is a masochists event-it always ends on failure.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.154 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

ROSALINDA'S EYES
Written and Sung by Billy Joel
Courtesy of CBS Records
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not sex, but friendship between rivals
15 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Excellent, the relationship, more friendship than sex between 2 women who are friends, lovers and rivals at the same time. At the end they are just friends. Not many movies about track and of course probably this is the only one about the intimacy of the relations between the runners, the difficulties of being not only lovers, but rivals that want the same prize. I liked it very much, instead of your typical sports film of difficulties until the final triumph, here we have the everyday training of this athletes, not famous, but hard workers. The final irony is they classify for the 80 olympic games and they could´t go.


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