Downhill Racer

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In a beautifully understated performance, Robert Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by acclaimed novelist James Salter, Downhill Racer is a vivid character portrait buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that brings the viewer directly into the mind of the competitor. Released in 1969 and nominated for a number of awards for acting, photography, and screenplay.


  • Robert Redford as David Chappellet
  • Gene Hackman as Eugene Claire
  • Camilla Sparv as Carole Stah
  • Karl Michael Vogler as Machet
  • Jim McMullan as Johnny Creech
  • Kathleen Crowley as American Newspaper Woman
  • Dabney Coleman as Mayo
  • Kenneth Kirk as D. K. Bryan
  • Oren Stevens as Tony Kinsmith
  • Jerry Dexter as Ron Engel
  • Rip McManus as Bruce Devore

Downhill Racer at Internet Movie Database