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The Competition

The Competition

The Competition is a 1980 American drama musical film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving, written and directed by Joel Oliansky.

Plot

Paul Dietrich is an extremely gifted but disillusioned classical pianist who is nearly 30 and running out of time to prove himself. He logically knows it is time to give up his attempts to enter piano competitions and instead accept a salaried position as a music teacher at a prep school in his hometown of Chicago. Paul also needs to help his mother and his seriously ill father, but he decides to travel to San Francisco for an international piano competition. Doing so could cost him his job waiting for him in Chicago; nevertheless, he wants to try his luck for the last time before passing the age limit to compete.