“A good racer turns everybody on — but he’s not for the team, and he never will be.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The primary tension in the storyline stems from Redford’s interactions with Hackman, who is frustrated by Redford’s arrogance and wants to convince him to be more of a team-player.
We see Redford drawn to the allure of a gorgeous but shallow “sports groupie” (Sparv):
… with some odd connections hinted at regarding whether Redford might be sapping his “strength” by sleeping with her. Regardless, the main thing on display in this film is gorgeous location shooting (in Switzerland, France, and Austria):
… exciting race sequences:
… and a seemingly authentic glimpse into the minutiae of high-stakes competitive skiing.
Note: The score (by Kenyon Hopkins) seems oddly unsuited for the material.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: