A portrait of a man that is so complete, and so tragic, that Downhill Racer becomes the best movie ever made about sports—without really being about sports at all. -- Roger Ebert
Written by acclaimed novelist James Salter, this visceral, high-speed character portrait explores the drive and narcissism of David Chappellet (Robert Redford), a US skier obsessed with qualifying for the Olympic games. He is called in by his coach, Claire (Gene Hackman), to fill the spot of an injured skier. As the race to qualify intensifies, so do the tensions between Chappellet, the coach, and the rest of the team. 1969, digital, 101 minutes.
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