Downhill Racer Gets the Criterion Treatment

Robert Redford's 1969 classic is finally available on DVD.
Publish date:
Updated on
Downhill Racer

Shortly after he made Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and long before his skin resembled beef jerky, Robert Redford starred in the now-classic movie Downhill Racer. The 1969 film about a loner fighting for his spot on the U.S. Ski Team is getting the Criterion Collection treatment in its DVD rerelease on November 17. You can finally watch the film in DVD quality, and it includes plenty of special features—interviews with the filmmakers, audio excerpts, and a booklet with an essay on the film—that are a staple to all Criterion releases.

Despite the fact that director Michael Ritchie went on to make Fletch, Downhill Racer isn’t the usual schlock Hollywood ski movie that came to prominence in the 1980s. It’s a simple, bleak character study: At the end of the theatrical trailer (included in the special features), the voiceover says, “How fast must a man go to get from where he’s at?” And Gene Hackman as the hardass coach with the heart of gold is a nice preview of his later work in Hoosiers.


Fantasy Ski Racer

Meet Your Fantasy Ski Racer

No, it's not some steamy site for hardcore ski groupies; Fantasy Ski Racer is a sweet new fantasy football-style web platform for ski racing fans.

Kevin Alderton has four percent of his vision. He also has the world record for blind speed skiing.

Skiing by Braille

He has difficulty crossing the street and sometimes he accidentally walks into walls. He nearly took himself out on his own barbecue. But Kevin Alderton, who has just four percent vision, owns the world record for blind speed skiing.

Tanner Hall, the Movie

Win for Ski Movie Diversity

There's a new movie out called Tanner Hall. But it's not what you think it is: no X Games, no reggae, and no skiing. Instead, it's a flick about a fictional, elite boarding school called, you guessed it, Tanner Hall.