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Downhill Racer (The Criterion Collection)
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New video interviews with screenwriter James Salter; film editor Richard Harris; production manager Walter Coblenz; and former downhill skier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as technical adviser, a ski double, and a cameraman
Audio excerpts from a 1979 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Todd McCarthy
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The stark scenes in Redford's hometown of Idaho Springs, Colorado contrast with the glitz of the glamorous European ski resorts where he races. His old cling-on racer-chaser girlfriend at home is the diametric opposite of the manipulative viper he meets in Europe. Redford is a misfit loner trying to succeed in an alien world, and he knows it. Gene Hackman plays the U.S. Ski Team coach perfectly, balancing his business role in raising money and reassuring nervous sponsors with his job of babysitting the prima donna Redford. After Redford wipes out in an important race and starts to make excuse to his coach, Hackman cuts him down with a classic speech ("the bumps took you out...").
I think there are several basic genres of sports films. First, you have the overblown epics like "Rocky" and the romantic comedies like "Bull Durham" and "Tin Cup." These are essentially Hollywood efforts that just use sports for big Box Office. Then, you have parables like "Chariots of Fire," "Field of Dreams" and "The Natural," and those that are more overwrought, such as "Pride of the Yankees," "Knute Rockne" and "Fear Strikes Out." Finally, there are your nitty gritty slices of sports realism...Read more ›
His relationship with Carmilla Sparv is totally engaging, perfectly played and it's the only way the Redford character will get a taste of his bad self! And I've seen many a man's goggles fog up at the sight of a gorgeous gal who not only skis well but drives a porsche ... she was perfect for Redford ...hello, certainly she belonged in this movie!!
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Downhill Racer was gift, the person who received was trying to replace the old one that was damaged....was hard to find , but amazon had.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Brensic
My favorite Redford movie. Once again the mechanics of creating screen magic all come together - particularly the casting. The downhill skying event photography is superb. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Pepoon
Not a spectacular plot but a glimpse into a professional sport that was the domain of the "jet set" in the early '70s. Living at So. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dale W.