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Paul Dietrich (Richard Dreyfuss), at almost 30 years old, is a fading piano prodigy. Heidi Schoonover (Amy Irving) is a talented young pianist with a promising future. When Paul hears of an upcoming competition that could make his career, he dedicates himself to winning. Heidi and Paul meet one day during practice and, though she is immediately drawn to him, Paul thinks romance will just be a distraction. Heidi's teacher, Greta (Lee Remick), is also wary of Heidi's newfound attraction.

Cast & Crew

Richard Dreyfuss
Paul Dietrich
Amy Irving
Heidi Joan Schoonover
Lee Remick
Greta Vandemann
Sam Wanamaker
Andrew Erskine
Joseph Cali
Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson
Michael Humphries
Vickie Kriegler
Tatjana Baronova
Adam Stern
Mark Landau
Bea Silvern
Madame Gorshev
Philip Sterling
Mr. Dietrich
Joel Oliansky
Screenwriter
Howard Pine
Executive Producer
Richard H. Kline
Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin
Original Music
Dale Hennesy
Production Design
James W. Payne
Set Decoration
Ruth Myers
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  • Feb 02, 2014
    Good drama with great music. Not an incisive examination of the cutthroat world of music competition although they do delve into it somewhat. More a drama of a selfish man letting down his defenses and a young girl who learns more than she bargains for when she lets down her guard. Excellent performances from the leads with Lee Remick adding her special brand of class but putting an icy edge to it as Amy's teacher. The only rough patch is when the two leads, who are remarkably free of rhythm for supposed musicans, dance to contemporary and quite awful music. They're gluefoots. For classical music lovers this will be a treat.
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  • Oct 10, 2008
    Excellent classical music and that's it.A relic of the 1980 production is a forgettable small,semi-independent feature,carved with a trifle of characteristics penetrated in its protagonists.Mere information though,the duo of Dreyfuss-Irving can't hold much.Why oh why those "intellectual" romances always end up in a sappy,sugary manner?
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