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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 Ritchie offered a "warmer" Redford -- but it, too, was a box-office disappointment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Redford Best Actor 1970 Winner

Cast

Robert Redford
as David Chappellet
Gene Hackman
as Eugene Claire
Camilla Sparv
as Carole Stahl
Christian Doermer
as Brumm
Kathleen Crowley
as American Newspaperwoman
Dabney Coleman
as Mayo
Rip McManus
as Bruce Devore
Walter Stroud
as Mr. Chappellet
Noam Pitlik
as TV Announcer
Harald Dietl
as Journalist
Jack Ballard
as Candy Vendor

Crew

Michael Ritchie
Director
Richard Gregson
Producer
James Salter
Screenwriter
Oakley Hall
Book Author
Brian Probyn
Cinematographer
Henry Mancini
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Harold Arlen
Songwriter
Kenyon Hopkins
Composer (Music Score)
Spiro Samara
Songwriter
Nick Archer
Editor
Richard A. Harris
Editor
Ian Whittaker
Art Director
Nick Archer
Art Director
Cynthia May
Costume Designer
Kip Gowans
First Assistant Director
Walter Coblenz
First Assistant Director
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