Downhill Racer (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Robert Redford Director: Michael Ritchie  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Downhill Racer (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 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
    • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Todd McCarthy
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Empire - 09/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] riveting, terrific look at the glam world of alpine-skiing."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/27/2009
"[O]ne of the great unheralded films of the late '60s....Director Michael Ritchie packs the movie with adrenaline-junkie POV racing shots that put you right in the skiers' bindings." -- Grade: A
A.V. Club - 11/18/2009
"[A]s a look at how Redford's character and those orbiting him spend their time between's superb."

Plot Synopsis:

The dazzling ski scenes are the best part of Michael Ritchie's sports drama about an undisciplined young skier on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Adventure | Personal Triumph | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • DOWNHILL RACER was director Michael Ritchie's first feature film. He would go on to direct a wide variety of movies, including THE CANDIDATE, THE BAD NEWS BEARS, and FLETCH.
  • Robert Redford won the 1971 BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the stubborn ski star.

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  • UPC: 715515051415
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