In 1909, when young Paiute Indian Willie Boy returns to his California reservation to be with Lola, whose father disapproves of him, a killing in self defense takes place, triggering a massive man hunt for Willie.
A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
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
Robert Redford's character Dave Chappellet was supposedly based on two real life skiers; Billy Kidd and Spider Sabich. Kidd was the first American male to win an Olympic alpine skiing medal when he won a silver in the slalom at the 1964 Olympics. Sadly, Sabich was killed under mysterious circumstances by his lover, actress/singer Claudine Longet. See more »
At the Olympic Games, the last skier appears on the verge of defeating Robert Redford, but crashes and his skies go flying off. Moments later we see the crashed skier skiing down the mountain wearing his skies. See more »
[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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Robert Redford plays the title character.he's cocky and and arrogant.,and not a team player.then again ,skiing is really a team sport,is it?Gene Hackman plays the U.S. Ski team's coach.anyway,there isn't a lot in the way of action.there are a few shots of the skiers racing down the hill,a few from their point of view.it's more of a character study.it's not exactly boring but not really exciting either.it does have a bleak,dreary feeling through out for some reason.it is interesting enough to sustain interest,but it's not something i would watch again for a long while.you could do a lot worse,though.for me,Downhill Racer is 5/10
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