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The Competition (1980)




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Movie Info

While competing against each other in a music contest, two pianists (Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving) fall in love and must battle to stay together in case either of them wins. The film was Oscar-nominated for Best Song and Best Film Editing.

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Paul Dietrich
Amy Irving
as Heidi Joan Schoonover
Lee Remick
as Greta Vandemann
Joseph Cali
as Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson
as Michael Humphries
Vickie Kriegler
as Tatiana Baronov
Adam Stern
as Mark Landau
Philip Sterling
as Mr. Dietrich
Gloria Stroock
as Mrs. Dietrich
Della Salvi
as Mrs. DiSalvo
Delia Salvi
as Mrs. DiSalvo
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Donellan
Bea Silvern
as Mme. Gorshev
Ben Hammer
as Nichols
Ross Evans
as Judge Heimling
Jimmy Sturtevant
as Vinnie DiSalva
Kathy Talbot
as Denise DiSalva
Vicki Kriegler
as Tatjana Baronova
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Critic Reviews for The Competition

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A pat, predictable romantic drama set against the background of the classical music world.

September 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Nasty little sports film. Lots of fun with pianoes

December 21, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

The Competition offers a winning examination of one person's struggle to come to terms with his understanding of personal achievement and his capacity to love.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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?

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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