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Mariel Hemingway trained for more than a year in preparation for her role as an pentathlete in this film.
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Writer and Director Robert Towne researched the project by hanging out with many track stars of both genders. The original plan was to show runners training for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. When the U.S. boycotted those games, some lines in the script had to be altered.
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The movie featured several real-life athletes including Jane Frederick (pentathlon), Jodi Anderson (pentathlon), Deby Laplante (hurdles), Pam Spencer (high jump), Maren Seidler (shotput), and Kenny Moore (marathon). All these performances were motion picture debuts.
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One of a late 1970s and early 1980s mini-cycle of films centering around women athletes. The movies include Blue Skies Again (1983) (baseball), Goldengirl (1979) (athletics), The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981) (athletics), Hockey Night (1984) (ice hockey), Quarterback Princess (1983) (gridiron), this movie (pentathlon), Gregory's Girl (1980) (soccer), and Heart Like a Wheel (1983) (drag racing).
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Robert Towne originally wanted Jack Nicholson for the role of Terry. He politely declined.
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Robert Towne performed three duties on this movie. Towne was Writer, Director, and Producer. This was the first feature film directed by Towne, and it was also Towne's first as a Producer.
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The film was part of a breakthrough cycle of mainstream Hollywood studio movies featuring gay/bisexual partnerships and drag characters. Others included Making Love (1982), Cruising (1980), Victor Victoria (1982), Tootsie (1982), and Partners (1982).
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While in post-production, the sound engineers could not quite capture the sound they needed to simulate when a runner's foot hit the track during a race. They finally created the right sound by taking pieces of bundled audio tape and hitting the floor of the sound booth with the tape bundles.
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Real-life marathon runner Kenny Moore ran the marathon at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics where he finished fourth in the latter. Here, Moore plays an Olympic swimmer and water polo player.
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One of two adult dramas with eroticism starring Mariel Hemingway that were made and released during the early 1980s. The movies are Star 80 (1983) and this movie. Hemingway had also previously appeared in the controversial rape movie Lipstick (1976) and had portrayed a seventeen-year-old high school student who has a liaison with a twice-divorced forty-two-year-old man in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979), in which Hemingway was Oscar nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award.
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The film co-starred a real-life Olympic athlete. Maren Seidler competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Donnelly was once ranked fourth in the world for hurdles and third in the world for the pentathlon. This film was her movie debut.
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Real-life marathon runner Kenny Moore ran the marathon at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics where he finished fourth in the latter. Moore does not play a marathon runner though in this sports movie, Moore plays an Olympic swimmer and water polo player.
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Second consecutive sports movie for Cinematographer Michael Chapman, who previously had lensed the boxing film Raging Bull (1980).
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Sporting events seen in this movie include such pentathlon events as the one hundred meter hurdles, the shot-put, high jump, long jump, and eight hundred meter long distance race.
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The film's title is a sporting term meaning the best achievement in a competition or race by a competitor that is the highest achievement bettering any prior recorded result for that competitor. The term is commonly abbreviated as a "PB".
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