Competition

Competition

Director: Joel Oliansky

Cast: Joel Oliansky, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick

     
 

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Can two prodigies fall in love and stay in love, even when they are competing against one another in an international piano competition? Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving attempt to answer that question in The Competition. Richard Dreyfuss plays Paul Dietrich, a shabby prodigy slouching past the thirty year mark. Embittered at never having won an internationalSee more details below

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Can two prodigies fall in love and stay in love, even when they are competing against one another in an international piano competition? Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving attempt to answer that question in The Competition. Richard Dreyfuss plays Paul Dietrich, a shabby prodigy slouching past the thirty year mark. Embittered at never having won an international competition and being pushed and prodded by his parents, Paul decides to enter one last time and, if he fails, he will devote himself to teaching. Since this is his last chance, he throws himself into the competition with an energy and determination comparable to Duddy Kravitz. During preparations for the competition he meets Heidi (Amy Irving), a natural talent who is does not have Paul's drive to succeed. Heidi takes one look at Paul and immediately falls in love with him. Paul feels an attraction for her but holds his feelings in check, trying to center himself on winning the competition. Looking at the burgeoning love affair with dread is Heidi's possessive music teacher Greta Vandemann (Lee Remick), who sees Heidi's relationship with Paul as compromising her talent and jeopardizing her standing in the competition.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Fans of classical music may enjoy this film despite its pedestrian love story and Richard Dreyfuss' acting. (His performance earned him a 1981 Razzie nomination for worst actor of the year.) What makes The Competition worth watching -- or at least listening to -- is the piano music. It soars. Daniel Pollack, who debuted at age nine with the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Chopin's piano "Concerto No. 1," plays for Amy Irving's character, Heidi Schoonover. Chester B. Swiatkowski, a Polish-American pianist with considerable technical skill, plays for Dreyfuss' character, Paul Dietrich. The production gives plenty of ear time to the selections, which include Beethoven's "Concerto No. 5" and Prokofiev's "Concerto No. 3." Thanks to months of practice at the keyboard, Dreyfuss and Irving convincingly synchronize their finger movements to the music. Consequently, viewers see what appears to be real virtuoso performances, with judges listening for appropriately executed crescendos and diminuendos or for evidence of rubato. The story has something of the quality of a dignified barroom brawl (last one standing wins) or an episode of the popular TV series Survivor. Between cadenzas, Schoonover and Dietrich fall in love, leaving viewers wondering whether either of them will deliberately play badly to throw victory to the other. Sam Wanamaker and Lee Remick give yeomanly supporting performances as orchestra conductor Andrew Erskine and Schoonover's teacher, Greta Vandemann.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
UPC:
0043396404946
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
2,416

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Paul Dietrich
Amy Irving Heidi Jones Schoonover
Lee Remick Greta Vandemann
Sam Wanamaker Andrew Erskine
Joseph Cali Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson Michael Humphries
James B. Sikking Brudnell
Vickie Kriegler Tatiana Baronov
Adam Stern Mark Landau
Bea Silvern Mme. Gorshev
Philip Sterling Mr. Dietrich
Gloria Stroock Mrs. Dietrich
Delia Salvi Mrs. DiSalvo
Priscilla Pointer Mrs. Donelian
Ross Evans Judge Heimling
Ben Hammer Nichols
Elaine Welton Hill Mitzi
Jennifer Shull Actor
Sterling Swanson Rudko

Technical Credits
Joel Oliansky Director,Screenwriter
Jon Anderson Asst. Director
Jon C. Anderson Asst. Director
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Score Composer
David Blewitt Editor
Eduardo Delgado Score Composer
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Grierson Score Composer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Will Jennings Songwriter
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Lincoln Mayorga Score Composer
Bruce Miller Musical Arrangement
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Howard Pine Executive Producer
Daniel Pollack Score Composer
Sergey Prokofiev Score Composer
Aaron Rochin Sound/Sound Designer
Tex Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Monroe Sachson Producer
William Sackheim Producer,Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer,Songwriter
John Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Chester B. Swiatowski Score Composer
Dianne I. Wager Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Competition
1. Chapter 1 [10:03]
2. Chapter 2 [9:45]
3. Chapter 3 [10:51]
4. Chapter 4 [11:14]
5. Chapter 5 [8:38]
6. Chapter 6 [9:50]
7. Chapter 7 [9:17]
8. Chapter 8 [10:28]
9. Chapter 9 [10:22]
10. Chapter 10 [9:16]
11. Chapter 11 [9:58]
12. Chapter 12 [10:09]
13. Chapter 13 [5:33]

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