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After many years of catching brief scenes of this now semi-cult film, I
finally watched it in its entirety. It is not a great film, but for film
students, and fans of both Gene Hackman and Robert Redford, it's a must.
The opening credits are delivered over scenes of a Super G skier flying down
the mountain and feature a combination of stop action and over-cranked
footage. The film quality is beautiful, and although the techniques now
seem dated, they stand for what was cutting-edge editing at the time.
Watching the opening, you feel like you're in for a great ride but are sadly
let down by a staid script. Having said that, the film can sort of get a
way with this (at least to a certain extent) because you've got such great
actors playing the main roles of skier (Redford) and coach (Hackman). Both
know how to exploit the economy of language and show a lot simply with body
language and expression. (They must have realized they had to with this
script.) Add to that fact, that the character Redford is playing - a
vainglorious Super G racer named David Chappellett, probably wouldn't have
much to say.
Ultimately, the film serves as cinematic commentary on how fleeting success is in a sport like skiing, as well as the shallowness shown by both the press that cover the sport, and the women that covet the skiers.