- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 17, 2009
- 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
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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 runs...it's superb."
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.
Personal Triumph |
- 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.