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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.

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Paul Dietrich
Amy Irving
as Heidi Joan Schoonover
Lee Remick
as Greta Vandemann
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
Ben Hammer
as Nichols
Ross Evans
as Judge Heimling
Jimmy Sturtevant
as Vinnie DiSalva
Kathy Talbot
as Denise DiSalva
Vicki Kriegler
as Tatjana Baronova
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Audience Reviews for The Competition

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

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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

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