The Competition (1980)
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as Paul Dietrich
as Heidi Joan Schoonover
as Greta Vandemann
as Jerry DiSalvo
as Michael Humphries
as Tatiana Baronov
as Mark Landau
as Mr. Dietrich
as Mrs. Dietrich
as Mrs. DiSalvo
as Mrs. DiSalvo
as Mrs. Donellan
as Mme. Gorshev
as Judge Heimling
as Vinnie DiSalva
as Denise DiSalva
as Tatjana Baronova
Critic Reviews for The Competition
The Competition isn't a great movie, but it's a warm, entertaining one. It has the nerve to tell a story about serious, interesting, complicated people, who are full of surprises.
Joel Oliansky's screenplay affords the viewer not only a richly emotional story of two people competing against and falling in love with each other, but a wealth of some of the most beautiful piano concertos ever composed.
A pat, predictable romantic drama set against the background of the classical music world.
The director and screenwriter, Joel Oliansky, somehow manages to make San Francisco visually dull, and you can feel the plot turns arriving the way an arthritic can predict the weather.
Nasty little sports film. Lots of fun with pianoes
Audience Reviews for The Competition
Good drama with great music. Not an incisive examination of the cutthroat world of music competition although they do delve into it somewhat. More a drama of a selfish man letting down his defenses and a young girl who learns more than she bargains for when she lets down her guard. Excellent performances from the leads with Lee Remick adding her special brand of class but putting an icy edge to it as Amy's teacher. The only rough patch is when the two leads, who are remarkably free of rhythm for supposed musicans, dance to contemporary and quite awful music. They're gluefoots. For classical music lovers this will be a treat.
Excellent classical music and that's it.A relic of the 1980 production is a forgettable small,semi-independent feature,carved with a trifle of characteristics penetrated in its protagonists.Mere information though,the duo of Dreyfuss-Irving can't hold much.Why oh why those "intellectual" romances always end up in a sappy,sugary manner?
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