Downhill Racer
Downhill Racer (1969)

An ambitious young skier, determined to break all existing records, is contemptuous of the teamwork advocated by the US coach when they go to Europe for the Olympics.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 1, 1969
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

An intriguing film that balances skiing and the majesty of Alpine scenery with an absorbing story of hero Robert Redford, young American innocent abroad.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The sort of somber, minimalist drama that can only be found in the cinema of the late 1960s and early '70s.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

could be lumped into the convenient category of "uplifting sports drama," but in fact is a challenging deconstruction of all the underdog clichés associated with that genre

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The location skiing sequences, revealing Ritchie's background and interest in documentary styles, are simply astounding, even for those with little interest in the sport.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's better than most sports films since it avoids sentimentality and falsely romanticizing its unsympathetic egotistical hero.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Downhill Racer stands as lean condemnation of the calculating underdog clichés Rocky would bring make the norm.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The best movie ever made about sports -- without really being about sports at all.

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Sean Axmaker

... the downhill runs are shot and edited with a visceral quality that takes us off the sidelines and into the skier's perspective.

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TV Guide

An influential and extremely well-done sports film, worth watching even if you don't normally enjoy films of this type.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
One of Redford's best as the American ski team tries to shake up the European dominated sport on its home turf. I particularly enjoyed the small town Yank… More
Keith Munley
A movie like this would come out today and just be turned into a video game. I love how the story is straight forward and there a no sport movie cliches, and… More
Tim Sigur
I liked the fact that it went away from the total cliches of most sports films and thought it was interesting to see Redford play such a almost souless person… More
Grifty G
Well crafted film (about to be released on Criterion) about the US ski team in the late 60's. Micheal Ritchie creates a very real film that is almost like… More