Cocky as hell.
Robert Redford gives one of his best performances as a talented but troubled, deeply egotistical and ultimately unhappy Olympics-caliber skier.
A wonder boy with a dazzling plastic smile, he fights with his coach (Gene Hackman), snubs fans and sponsors, and toys with reporters, feeding them smooth misinformation while never letting the mask slip.
He’s only alive when he’s slicing down a mountain, but the wins and medals he piles up there can’t fill the gaping hole in his soul.
Forever unfulfilled, and always unsatisfied.
One of the true landmarks of cynical cinema, this remains ever-fascinating.