Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert, in 2004 voted Downhill Racer, 1969 "The best movie ever made about sports -- without really being about sports at all." The film stars Robert Redford and Gene Hackman. With the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics just around the corner, maybe it's time to revisit this classic film.
I first met Michael in 1974 when I moved north to Marin County from La Jolla to work for Lucasfilm. He had an office in the same office/house I was in and was working on Smile, which released in1975. I always enjoyed him and his films and was sad when he died way too young in 2001.
Photo of Michael Ritchie and his daughter Lauren was taken by me at a 4th of July picnic at Skywalker Ranch, 1981