Personal Best

Overview

In 1982, there was a brief cycle of homosexual-relationship films, none of which were successful enough to form the basis of a trend. Producer/director/writer Robert Towne's Personal Best is one of the finest. It stars Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly as athletes participating in the 1980 Olympics. Growing ever closer during the training process, Chris Hemingway and Tory Donnelly fall in love. Up to this point, Chris has been "straight," thus has trouble sustaining the relationship with older Tory. Their ...
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Overview

In 1982, there was a brief cycle of homosexual-relationship films, none of which were successful enough to form the basis of a trend. Producer/director/writer Robert Towne's Personal Best is one of the finest. It stars Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly as athletes participating in the 1980 Olympics. Growing ever closer during the training process, Chris Hemingway and Tory Donnelly fall in love. Up to this point, Chris has been "straight," thus has trouble sustaining the relationship with older Tory. Their relationship is counterbalanced with the attitudes held by their male coach, Terry Scott Glenn. While the homosexual element of the film is secondary to the endless shots of athletes in training, the critics latched on to the film's romantic angle, which may have sabotaged its chances for box-office success the world was a different place in 1982. Personal Best was the directorial debut for Robert Towne, who was not to direct another film until 1987's Tequila Sunrise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • UPC: 883316690901
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,627

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mariel Hemingway Chris
Scott Glenn Terry
Patrice Donnelly Tory
Kenny Moore Denny
Jim Moody Roscoe
Luana Anders Rita Cahill
Kari Gosswiller Penny
Jodi Anderson Nadia Pooch Anderson
Maren Seidler Tanya
Martha Watson Sheila
Emily Dole Maureen
Anna Biller
Charlie Jones
Len Dawson Announcer
George de la Pena Raoul
Jan Glotzer Karen
Deby La Plante Trish
Richard Martini Meet Manager
Mitzi McMillin Laura
Robert Patten Colin Sales
Larry Pennell Mr. Cahill
Frank Shorter TV Announcer
John Smith Men's Team Member
Pam Spencer Jan
Apollonia Van Ravenstein Yelovitch
Technical Credits
Robert Towne Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Bruce Bisenz Sound/Sound Designer
Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Rick Carter Production Designer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Norval D. Crutcher Jr. Sound Editor
Jill Fraser Score Composer
David Geffen Executive Producer
Allan Gornick Jr. Cinematographer
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Ron Heilman Costumes/Costume Designer
Linda Henrikson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Hobbs Production Designer
Jere Huggins Editor
Ned Humphreys Editor
J.Paul Huntsman Sound Editor
Walt Mulconery Editor
Dale Newkirk Special Effects
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Carl Silvera Makeup
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Bud Smith Editor
Christina Smith Makeup
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