Downhill Racer [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1969]

  • SKU: 9633455
  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features

  • 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


Downhill Racer
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 The Candidate offered a "warmer" Redford -- but it, too, was a box-office disappointment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford - David Chappellet
  • Gene Hackman
    Gene Hackman - Eugene Claire
  • Camilla Sparv
    Camilla Sparv - Carole Stahl
  • Karl Michael Vogler
    Karl Michael Vogler - Machet
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    Jim McMullan - Johnny Creech

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Downhill Racer DVD


    Robert Redford as never seen before in superb skiing action. A great plot involving a man trying to overcome a humble upbringing and become an Olympic Gold Medalist in downhill skiing. Great action shots of Redford as he skies and an interesting plot regarding his life up to the Olympics. Highly recommended if you like action and Redford as an actor!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Early Redford Works

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    Tremendous cinematography and great acting. Redford plays a bad guy really well. Seems dated, but over 40 years later it still works.

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