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Criterion Collection: Downhill Racer
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Criterion Collection: Downhill Racer on Blu-ray

Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford (The Sting) in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Downhill Racer, the visceral debut feature by Michael Ritchie (The Bad News Bears). In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman (The French Connection) provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by the acclaimed novelist James Salter, Downhill Racer is a vivid character portrait, buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that places the viewer directly in the mind of the competitor.