Directed by Robert Towne • 1982 • United States
Starring Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly
Academy Award–winning screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN) made his directorial debut with this tale of a promising hurdler (Mariel Hemingway) who finds much-needed emotional and athletic support with a caring mentor (Patrice Donnelly). After the two women fall in love, their relationship is threatened as both vie for a spot on the 1980 United States Olympic team and months of training build toward explosive moments of competition. PERSONAL BEST is as much a groundbreaking portrait of a lesbian relationship as it a hypnotically visceral study of bodies in motion.