Downhill Racer (1969) - Drama, Sport

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Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Robert Redford, Gene Hackman
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 8 out of 43 found boring (18.6%)

One-line Reviews (35)

I expected much, but sadly this is a boring movie.

Redford is strangely bland to me in this part.

And with stunning locations and clean rich production design, the film endorses the quality to its peak.

However, Eugene Claire (Gene Hackman) his coach is concerned Chapplet is a 'Hot Dog' racer, fast, but prone to accidents and unpredictable.

it does have a bleak,dreary feeling through out for some reason.

That is just the main and only true fault of this movie: an utterly boring story.

I agree that pacing was a bit slow at times and the storyline somewhat minimalistic.

Perhaps the biggest problem is the flat plot, centred on the arrogant but enigmatic hero; unfortunately, it's a dreary performance from Redford, offering us little insight into his cares or motivations.

I found those dreary at best.

By the 60's thanks to Jim McKay and Wide World of Sports, most people had heard of Killy and were now commonly confusing Billy Kidd with Jean-Claude.

Only interesting for ski fans, because the story is dead boring.

I thought it was going nowhere beyond what one can already see on t,v.

" The answer may be bleak - more competition, more loneliness - but the film helps us discover the answer in a fascinating way, because it puts us on those skis, rushing at impossible speed down the mountain, in a cocoon of our own heartbeats, our own laboured breathing.

Decent, fairly enjoyable film.

Slow film that will be boring for viewers that are not big fans of Skiing,Redford or Hackman.

The script feels nonexistent, the acting feels ad-libbed, the plot is thin, and there's more boredom evoked than suspense.

Lots of dazzling skiing action leading to an thrilling highlight .

Atmospheric and enjoyable musical score by Kenyon Hopkins .

For a ski movie, the race scenes were riveting, the acting of people like Gene Hackman and Dabney Coleman was quite adequate, the beauty of Camilla Sparv was eye pleasing.

Seeing these two early in their careers, that alone makes this a film worth watching.

how this movie was plain and boring and who wants to watch skiing anyway...

Redford's performance is reason enough to watch the film, but the skiing scenes are also quite entertaining, as they fully capture the excitement and exhilaration of Olympic competition.

one of the most suspenseful climaxes in sports film history...

Rousing snowy outdoors and Robert Redford as a capricious and cocky skier .

Downhill Racer features a variety of exciting ski races filmed and edited with great skill, and they reveal very powerfully that, in the midst of all the thousands of spectators, each skier is alone on the mountain, and that winning comes from a combination of relentless focus and arbitrary fortune.

At least there are the lovely vistas that show up at times but often they are so short you see them for a few seconds and then pow your back to looking at bland stuff.

As has been noted in the coverage of the Olympics, the parallels to the 2006 US downhill team are stunning.

If you think that is a thrilling story, then this is the movie for you.

8/10 Definitely worth watching

Olympic team, is so bland and unsympathetic that you wonder why to care about him at all.

All this experimental soundtrack stuff, the truly mind blowing camerawork and the great acting still cant hide the obvious fact that the story is dead boring.

The film is about as bland a Redford movie as can be found anywhere.

Further, there are dozens of downhill racing scenes, all similar, and largely interchangeable, which, among other things, renders an unnecessarily repetitive plot.

Against Redford's wishes, the studio ultimately marketed the film as a sports movie ("See hottie Robbie in exciting skiing scenes!

I wont reveal the story to avoid spoilers, although there is not much to get spoiled because the story is going nowhere.