The Competition (1980)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

While competing against each other in a music contest, two pianists (Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving) fall in love and must battle to stay together in case either of them wins. The film was Oscar-nominated for Best Song and Best Film Editing.
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Richard Dreyfuss
as Paul Dietrich
Amy Irving
as Heidi Joan Schoonover
Lee Remick
as Greta Vandemann
Sam Wanamaker
as Erskine
Joseph Cali
as Jerry DiSalvo
Ty Henderson
as Michael Humphries
Vickie Kriegler
as Tatiana Baronov
Adam Stern
as Mark Landau
Philip Sterling
as Mr. Dietrich
Gloria Stroock
as Mrs. Dietrich
Della Salvi
as Mrs. DiSalvo
Delia Salvi
as Mrs. DiSalvo
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Donellan
Bea Silvern
as Mme. Gorshev
James B. Sikking
as Brudnell
Ben Hammer
as Nichols
Rhio H. Blair
as Karnow
Ross Evans
as Judge Heimling
Jimmy Sturtevant
as Vinnie DiSalva
Kathy Talbot
as Denise DiSalva
Vicki Kriegler
as Tatjana Baronova
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for The Competition

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

October 27, 2005
Fantastica Daily

No excerpt available.

June 6, 2005

Nasty little sports film. Lots of fun with pianoes

December 20, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Competition

Was a fabulous movie in all respects. Was one of very few movies I saw back when first released that Stuck with me to see again.

Margaret  Sklueff
Margaret Sklueff

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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?

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Competition on our Movie forum!

News & Features