Downhill Racer (1969)

101 mins | Drama | 5 November 1969

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

James Salter

Producer:

Richard Gregson

Cinematographer:

Brian Probyn

Editor:

Richard Harris

Production Designer:

Ian Whittaker

Production Company:

Wildwood International, Ltd.
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HISTORY

Racing footage in the film is a mixture of real races (held at Kitzbuhel, Austria, during February and March, 1969) and scenes staged by the company on location in Kitzbuhel and Wengen, Switzerland. American locations were filmed in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and around Golden, ... More Less

Racing footage in the film is a mixture of real races (held at Kitzbuhel, Austria, during February and March, 1969) and scenes staged by the company on location in Kitzbuhel and Wengen, Switzerland. American locations were filmed in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and around Golden, Colorado. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Nov 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
18 Feb 1966
p. 1.
Daily Variety
12 Apr 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
7 Dec 1966
p. 15.
Daily Variety
20 Dec 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Dec 1966
p. 18.
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Aug 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
7 Mar 1969
p. 12.
Daily Variety
24 Mar 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
16 Apr 1969
p. 12.
Daily Variety
24 Apr 1969
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Oct 1969
p. 3, 6.
Daily Variety
29 Oct 1969
p. 10.
Daily Variety
19 Dec 1969
p. 1, 8.
Daily Variety
22 Dec 1969
p. 1, 16.
Daily Variety
11 Feb 1970
p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
21 Mar 1966
Section C, p. 21.
Los Angeles Times
17 Jul 1969
Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
20 Oct 1969
Section C, p. 26.
Los Angeles Times
4 Nov 1969
Section E, p. 1.
New York Times
26 Oct 1969
Section D, p. 17, 20.
New York Times
7 Nov 1969
p. 36.
New York Times
30 Dec 1969
p. 38.
Ski
Nov 1969.
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Variety
23 Apr 1969
p. 26.
Variety
1 Oct 1969
p. 3.
Variety
8 Oct 1969
p. 24.
Variety
15 Oct 1969
p. 22.
Variety
17 Mar 1971
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
2nd unit photog
2nd unit photog
Photog--Colorado locations
Addl photog
Addl photog
Addl photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd mix
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Title des
SOURCES
SONGS
"You Got Me Climbin' up the Wall," words and music by Kenyon Hopkins, performed by People
"Moon River," words and music by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
"That Old Black Magic," words and music by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
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SONGS
"You Got Me Climbin' up the Wall," words and music by Kenyon Hopkins, performed by People
"Moon River," words and music by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
"That Old Black Magic," words and music by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
"Olympic Hymn (Disques Erato)," words and music by Spiro Samara and Kostia Palarmas.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Downhill Racers
Downhill
Release Date:
5 November 1969
Premiere Information:
Reno, Nevada, premiere: 28 October 1969
Los Angeles opening: 5 November 1969
New York opening: 6 November 1969
Production Date:
4 February--late April 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Wildwood International, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
29 October 1969
Copyright Number:
LP37272
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
gauge
35mm and 16mm
Duration(in mins):
101
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
22142
SYNOPSIS

When one of the top American skiers on the United States team is hurt, dedicated coach Eugene Claire sends for replacements David Chappellet and D. K. Bryan. Chappellet is a loner, but he manages to stay on the team during the remainder of the European circuit, complaining all the while about his positions but producing some spectacular though inconsistent runs, even rivaling on occasion the best United States racer, Johnny Creech. Home for summer training, Chappellet leaves the team in Bend, Oregon, and hitchhikes home to Idaho Springs, Colorado, where he is no more at home than in any of the drab and anonymous hotel quarters on the tour. He is unable to communicate with his father and can show no interest in his old girl friend, Lena, whom he greets in cavalier fashion in the back seat of his father's old jalopy. Back in Europe for the season, he begins an affair with Carole Stahl, the secretary to rich ski manufacturer Machet, but is not distracted from his singular involvement with downhill racing as he wins for the United States a race that has hitherto been considered out of America's reach, and thus sharpens his rivalry with Creech. This time the American team returns home with some fulfillment of the years of hopeful promises, and Claire enthusiastically embarks upon a fundraising tour for the upcoming Olympic year. Back for his third season of major league racing, Chappellet senses the magnitude and importance of the Olympic competition as the race approaches; a quip turns into banter between him and Creech, leading to a hair-raising downhill race wherein Creech is nearly injured and Claire's patience with his prima donna rebel ... +


When one of the top American skiers on the United States team is hurt, dedicated coach Eugene Claire sends for replacements David Chappellet and D. K. Bryan. Chappellet is a loner, but he manages to stay on the team during the remainder of the European circuit, complaining all the while about his positions but producing some spectacular though inconsistent runs, even rivaling on occasion the best United States racer, Johnny Creech. Home for summer training, Chappellet leaves the team in Bend, Oregon, and hitchhikes home to Idaho Springs, Colorado, where he is no more at home than in any of the drab and anonymous hotel quarters on the tour. He is unable to communicate with his father and can show no interest in his old girl friend, Lena, whom he greets in cavalier fashion in the back seat of his father's old jalopy. Back in Europe for the season, he begins an affair with Carole Stahl, the secretary to rich ski manufacturer Machet, but is not distracted from his singular involvement with downhill racing as he wins for the United States a race that has hitherto been considered out of America's reach, and thus sharpens his rivalry with Creech. This time the American team returns home with some fulfillment of the years of hopeful promises, and Claire enthusiastically embarks upon a fundraising tour for the upcoming Olympic year. Back for his third season of major league racing, Chappellet senses the magnitude and importance of the Olympic competition as the race approaches; a quip turns into banter between him and Creech, leading to a hair-raising downhill race wherein Creech is nearly injured and Claire's patience with his prima donna rebel is worn dangerously thin. When Creech breaks his leg in the last pre-Olympic trial, Chappellet is the only American hope, but he bests all of the superior European competition with a dazzling display of downhill racing. Flush with apparent victory, his attention is called to the imposing mountain he has just conquered as word comes down that a faster run is being skied by an unknown; but a fall assures the first American gold medal in Olympic downhill racing and gives David Chappellet a precarious perch at the top of a sport in which the fastest is the best. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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