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Downhill Racer (1969)

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Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount, Wildwood

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• Downhill Racer
• Schussfahrt (1969)

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Genre: Drama, Sports, Satire

Tagline: How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?

Plot: Director Michael Ritchie makes his feature film debut with DOWNHILL RACER, an adrenaline-soaked sports drama that features another alluring performance from Robert Redford. Redford plays David Chappellet, a cocky, undisciplined young skier from Idaho Springs, Colorado. Flying to Europe to compete with the United States downhill team, Chappellet stuns the ski world when he wins his first race. His coach, Eugene Claire (Gene Hackman), senses the cold reaction from his teammates, and tries to get Chappellet to become more of a team player. When it’s obvious that this isn’t going to happen, he must decide whether or not to let Chappellet represent his country in the Olympics. In the meantime, Chappellet finds romance in the form of Carole (Camilla Sparv), a beautiful young woman who works for a European equipment maker. Tensions arise when Carole lies about meeting up with Chappellet in Germany and then acts not to care that she has abandoned him. This disappointment provides Chappellet with even more desire to fly down the slopes and capture the Olympic gold medal. Redford’s portrayal of the moody, determined Chappellet proves once again why he is one of the world’s most recognizable movie stars. The same can also be said for Hackman, who finds the perfect chemistry in developing

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 Directed by
Michael Ritchie
Fletch, The Golden Child, Fletch Lives
 Written by
Oakley Hall
James Salter
Boys, The Hunters, Threshold
Robert Redford
The Sting, Spy Game, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Gene Hackman
The Royal Tenenbaums, Unforgiven, Enemy of the State
Camilla Sparv
The Trouble with Angels, Mackenna's Gold, Murderers' Row
Dabney Coleman
You've Got Mail, Tootsie, WarGames
Jim McMullan
The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Shenandoah, Assassination
 Music By
Kenyon Hopkins
12 Angry Men, The Hustler, 12 Angry Men

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