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cover: Downhill Racer (1969-Criterion)

Downhill Racer (1969-Criterion)

Director(s): Michael Ritchie

Theatrical Release: 1969

Cast: Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, Jim McMullan, Karl Michael Vogler, Kenneth Kirk

Genre(s): Drama, sports, culture, Action, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: USA


Location in store: Hollywood > Drama

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Running Time: 101m.

Director Michael Ritchie's ongoing satirical spin on the American Dream is dressed up in quasi-documentary fashion in Downhill Racer. Robert Redford stars as an Olympic-grade skier, whose talent is matched only by his aloof self-involvement. As the cocksure Redford rises to the top of his class, he discards any emotional attachments that might impede his progress, ranging from girlfriends to his own father. When Redford finally attains his goal in life, the thrill of victory is an empty one indeed. The cold-bloodedness of Redford's character may have worked against Downhill Racer at the box office; on the other hand, Ritchie's similarly structured political satire The Candidate offered a "warmer" Redford -- but it, too, was a box-office disappointment. (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection DVD #494 Special Features:

! New Video Interviews with Robert Redford, screenwriter James Salter, film editor Richard Harris, production manager Walter Coblenz, and former downhill skier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as a technical adviser, ski double, and cameraman

! Audio Excerpts from a 1977 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie

! How Fast? - a rare 12-minute promotional featurette

! Theatrical Trailer
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