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Downhill Racer

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Robert Redford, Downhill Racer | MOGUL EMPEROR Robert Redford on the mountain in Downhill Racer
Everett Collection

Downhill Racer

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
101 minutes
performer:
Gene Hackman, Robert Redford
director:
Michael Ritchie

We gave it an A

Downhill Racer, released the same year as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and now debuting on DVD, is one of the great unheralded films of the late ’60s. Robert Redford stars as David Chappellet, the selfish golden boy of the U.S. ski team whose ambition overshadows his teammates. He’s a classic American figure — out for glory and defiant of authority (embodied by Gene Hackman’s short-fused coach). Director Michael Ritchie (who reteamed with Redford for 1972’s classic The Candidate) packs the movie with adrenaline-junkie POV racing shots that put you right in the skiers’ bindings. The EXTRAS on this Criterion keeper include an excellent new interview with the star. A

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