David Chapellett (Robert Redford, doing most of his own skiing) on his first day with the Alpine team, overseen by coach Claire (Gene Hackman) and rebelling, in Michael Ritchie's Downhill Racer, 1969.
Top of the hill, then the first subjective-skier shot by Joe Jay Jalbert, Chappellet (Robert Redford) then making trouble for coach Claire (Gene Hackman), in Michael Ritchie's Downhill Racer, 1969.
Downhill Racer -- A skier and his coach battle it out on the mountain in this trailer for classic late 60s film
Trailer for the 1969 classic Downhill Racer.
Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Michael Ritchie's visceral debut feature, Downhill Racer. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing with an underdog American team in Europe for Olympic gold, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory.
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