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Downhill Racer (1969)

M/PG | | Drama, Sport | 9 January 1970 (Canada)
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Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax.

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chappellet
... Claire
... Carole
... Machet
... Creech
... Reporter
... Mayo
Kenneth Kirk ... D.K.
Oren Stevens ... Kipsmith
Jerry Dexter ... Engel
Walter Stroud ... Mr. Chappellet
Carole Carle ... Lena
Rip McManus ... Devore
Joe Jay Jalbert ... Tommy Erb
Tom J. Kirk ... Stiles
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David Chappellet is a mean-spirited skier, who profits from another skier's injury to gain a spot on the American Olympic team. His roommate sums up his goals when he observes of David, "He's not for the team, and he never will be"; but precisely who the David is that David is so fiendishly striving for we're never to learn. He develops a short-lived relationship with Carole Stahl, a glamorous European woman even more capricious than himself. Chappellet's identity trouble are exacerbated by the fact that he is an "Event" as well as a personality; and more astute minds than his own have difficulty where the one leaves off and the other takes over. Director Michael Richie's ("The Candidate") feature film debut. Written by alfiehitchie

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How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?

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Drama | Sport

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9 January 1970 (Canada)  »

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La descente infernale  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was made and released about six years after its source novel "The Downhill Racers" by Oakley Hall had been first published in 1963. Hall also contributed uncredited to the movie's screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Creech starts his final run wearing bib #16. When he crashes, he is wearing #11. See more »

Quotes

Claire: [talking to Chappellet] You never had any real education, did you? All you ever had were your skis... and that's not enough.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Only You/Second Best/Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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You Got Me Climbing Up the Wall
Written by Kenyon Hopkins
Performed by People
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What it's like when you get what you want...
4 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Gene Hackman is the coach; Robert Redford the star skier looking for Olympic Gold and himself. This is a wonderful character study of a man who wants to succeed above all else. Hackman is wonderful (as always) as the coach who tries to manage a team of individuals who are trying to break through into big time international skiing. Redford was brilliant in playing complicated introspective young men... Three Days of the Condor, Jeremiah Johnson, The Candidate. These set the stage for his later great work in Out of Africa and even Havana (another very very good movie panned by the critics). Even the ending is perfect. Enjoy.


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