The Competition (1980) Poster

Lee Remick: Greta Vandemann



  • Andrew Erskine : [Heidi's piano needs adjusting and she wants to play a different concerto]  Well, maybe I'm not in the mood to conduct the Profofiev Third!

    Greta Vandemann : [to Andrew Erskine]  Andrew! It costs extra to carve "schmuck" on a tombstone, but you would definitely be worth the expense!

  • Greta Vandemann : [Referring to the piano]  That is your first husband, that, you... you marry it the way a nun marries Jesus. You cleave to it, because it gives your life a center that no man... that very few men can possibly give you, least of all a rival for the thing your life is centered on.

  • Greta Vandemann : What can you play on 24 hours notice if Serkin or Gilels cancels?

    Heidi Joan Schoonover : Serkin Gilels 24-Hour Cancellation Blues.

  • Greta Vandemann : [Lighting a cigarette]  Ludwig Von Beethoven taught Carl Czerny, who taught Leschetizky, who taught Schnabel, who taught Renaldi, who taught me. And now the sixth pianist in a direct line from Beethoven is standing here staring at me in her Jordan Marsh mix-and-match.

    Heidi Joan Schoonover : You shouldn't smoke.

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