Personal Best

Personal Best

Robert Towne (1982)

18 Certificate


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When Leni Riefenstahl celebrated the power and beauty of the human body in Olympiad, she was denounced as a fascist. Similarly, Robert Towne was accused of voyeurism for his depiction of Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly in this lesbian love story, played against the backdrop of the Moscow Olympic Games, that marked his directorial debut. Towne (who won a screenplay Oscar for Chinatown) demonstrates a sure visual sense, as he not only chronicles the athletes' romance, but also their physical progress under martinet coach Scott Glenn. The camerawork is occasionally fussy and over-reliant on sporting clichés, but this is still subtle, sensual stuff.


Mariel Hemingway (TV's "Civil Wars," "Star 80") and Scott Glenn ("The Silence of the Lambs") star in Oscar-winner Robert Towne's("Chinatown," "Shampoo") controversial, gripping and skillfully photographed movie. Two aspiring female athletes become friends,lovers and ultimately Olympic competitors in a relationship that suggests that the "war between the sexes" is not a battle overgender...

Cast & Crew

Chris Cahill Mariel Hemingway
Terry Tingloff Scott Glenn
Tory Skinner Patrice Donnelly
Denny Stites Kenny Moore
Roscoe Travis Jim Moody
Penny Brill Kari Gosswiller
Nadia "Pooch" Anderson Jodi Anderson
Tanya Maren Seidler
Sheila Martha Watson
Maureen Emily Dole
Jan Pam Spencer
Trish Deby Laplante
Director Robert Towne
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Edited for some of its language, and contains drug abuse and nudity.Available on: video