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The Competition (1980)

The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will ... See full summary »

Director:

Joel Oliansky

Writers:

Joel Oliansky (screenplay), Joel Oliansky (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Paul Dietrich
Amy Irving ... Heidi Joan Schoonover
Lee Remick ... Greta Vandemann
Sam Wanamaker ... Andrew Erskine
Joseph Cali ... Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson Ty Henderson ... Michael Humphries
Vicki Kriegler Vicki Kriegler ... Tatjana Baronova
Adam Stern Adam Stern ... Mark Landau
Philip Sterling ... Mr. Dietrich
Gloria Stroock ... Mrs. Dietrich
Bea Silvern Bea Silvern ... Madame Gorshev
James Sikking ... Brudenell (as James B. Sikking)
Delia Salvi Delia Salvi ... Mrs. DiSalvo
Jimmy Sturtevant ... Vinnie DiSalvo
Kathy Talbot Kathy Talbot ... Denise DiSalvo
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Storyline

The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her teacher, Greta, or will she condemn Paul to obscurity? Written by Reid Gagle

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He has been working for this moment his entire life. This is his last chance. For her, this could be the beginning. And it would be the perfect love story if it weren't for... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La competición See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,163, 7 December 1980

Gross USA:

$14,287,755

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,287,755
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joel Oliansky was hired by RASTAR Productions head Ray Stark to direct his first theatrical feature film and for it, to write an original screenplay which included both good music and a love story. This was reported in the 16th December 1980 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety'. See more »

Goofs

The piano fingering is often out of sync with the music, especially during Heidi's performance of Prokofiev's 3rd. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Dietrich: This is a courtesy van; let's show some goddamn courtesy!
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 31 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Competition (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev (as Prokofiev)
Performed by Daniel Pollack, piano
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Movies can enrich your life
14 April 1999 | by Zack-23See all my reviews

I loved 'The Competition', though the characters and situations were predictable and stereotyped, (i.e. domineering teachers and butthole conductors) mostly because it told me that there are many people interested in music and 'behind the scenes' of what it means to devote your life to music. Most of all, the movie piqued my interest in Prokoviev, so that I now collect his music. Not bad for the price of a movie ticket!


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