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Swan Song (1980)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 February 1980
A champion skier who pulled out of the Olympic games because of a mysterious illness decides to make a comeback.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

Jeffrey Bloom (screenplay), Jeffrey Bloom (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Soul ... Jesse Swan
Bo Brundin ... Bob Loomis
Jill Eikenberry ... Anna
Murray Hamilton ... Jack McCauley
Leonard Mann ... Pietro Durni
Slim Pickens ... George
Joseph Sirola ... Adolfo
John Van Dreelen ... Bergstrom
Robert P. Beattie Robert P. Beattie ... Siskin
Geoffrey Binney Geoffrey Binney ... Jerry
JoAnna Cameron ... Karen
Robert Hastings ... Mitch (as Bob Hastings)
Shelley Smith Shelley Smith ... Sheila
Michael Thoma ... Michael
Ed Peck ... Karl
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A champion skier who pulled out of the Olympic games because of a mysterious illness decides to make a comeback.

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comeback | ski | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1980 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jesse's (David Soul) line "They haven't invented the hard time that I ain't prepared to handle" is almost exactly the same as Beedan's (Dennis Haysbert) line "There ain't been a hard time invented that I cannot handle" in Heat (1995), also written by Michael Mann. A variation of the line is also found in The Jericho Mile (1979) when Murphy (Peter Strauss) says "Are you gonna tell me they invented a hard time you can't handle?" The Jericho Mile was also written and directed by Mann. The line is also used by Gina (Saundra Santiago) in an episode of Miami Vice (1984) (Miami Vice: Give a Little, Take a Little (1984)) and by Julie Torello (Darlanne Fluegel) in the pilot episode of Crime Story (1986); both shows were executive produced by Mann. See more »

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Downhill racer
22 January 2017 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

One more film about ski, but instead of Bob Redford, you have David - Hutch - Soul. You will find in this TV feature the usual scheme of sport, former champion, comeback, love story, and of course rivalry between champs, and not only because of sport. No real surprise, but if you love mountain in winter, ski, etc, you will love it, or at least appreciate this pure family and home entertainment. Amusing, the trivia lines above. Of course I did not notice the Michael Mann's sentences, although I saw all of the HEAT director's films. David Soul is convincing in the main role. And Slim Pickens a moving character.

But everything is predictable, I warn you. Perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment for the whole family.


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