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Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Michael Ritchie’s visceral debut feature, Downhill Racer. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing with an underdog American team in Europe for Olympic gold, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by acclaimed novelist James Salter, Downhill Racer is a vivid character portrait buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that brings the viewer directly into the mind of the competitor.
Stills from Downhill Racer (Click for larger image)
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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 5 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 6 months ago by Dale W.
Robert Redford is not exactly "the good guy" in this film.
He is skier David Chappellet, bent on winning the big races that will put him in place for the Olympics. Read more
I had my doubts about this movie. The trailer is strange and doesn't hint at a story and modern ski movies have evolved quite a bit since this was made. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Malik Coates