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Personal Best (1982)

The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

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Roscoe Travis
Kari G. Peyton ...
Penny Brill (as Kari Gosswiller)
Jodi Anderson ...
Nadia 'Pooch' Anderson
Maren Seidler ...
Tanya
Martha Watson ...
Sheila
Emily Dole ...
Maureen
Pam Spencer ...
Jan
Deby Laplante ...
Trish
Mitzi McMillin ...
Laura
Jan Glotzer ...
Karen
Jan Van Reenen ...
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The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

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Drama | Sport

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26 June 1982 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$99,797 (USA) (7 February 1982)

Gross:

$5,672,311 (USA)
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Trivia

Robert Towne performed a number of duties on this movie. Towne was writer, director and producer. This was the first feature film directed by writer Towne and the film was also Towne's first as a producer. See more »

Goofs

Running up the sand dune towards Tingloff, the sweat pattern on Chris' back changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Tory Skinner: You're quite the winner... for a guy.
Chris Cahill: What?
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Soundtracks

DIANABOL
Written and Sung by Allan Feuerbach
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Personal Fave.
23 September 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some of the posts here are very critical of this film, accusing it of being slow and exploitative. But I think it should be taken into account that this is essentially a film about people's relationship to each other, and not about car chases and explosions. I found it to be understated, realistic, and very watchable. Okay, there are a few nude scenes which may appear gratuitous. But as highly trained athletes, I think they would feel pretty secure about their bodies, and the camaraderie between them all which is apparent in the movie, would suggest that none of them would be embarrassed at being undressed together. Mariel is ultra believable as the confused young protagonist, which is not surprising as she said in a documentary that she actually trained like an athlete every day for almost a year, in order to prepare for the role. It's a shame to see how far downhill her acting career has gone since.

My one criticism is about Scott Glen, who is his usual wooden self, and not a character at all...He looks the part, but doesn't deliver the goods. But hey, it's such a cool watchable movie, I'll overlook that gripe.

It's weird to note that a lot of the sports fashions in the film are now back in style.


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