Personal Best

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Personal Best ★★★ 1982 (R)

Lesbian lovers compete while training for the 1990 Olympics. Provocative fare often goes where few films have gone before, but overly stylized direction occasionally overwhelms characterizations. It gleefully exploits locker-room nudity, with Hemingway in her preimplant days. Still, an ambitious, often accomplished production. Towne's directorial debut. 126m/C VHS, DVD . Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly; D: Robert Towne; W: Robert Towne; C: Michael Chapman; M: Jack Nitzsche.