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Goldengirl poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Elliott Kastner
Danny O'Donovan
Written by John Kohn
Based on Goldengirl
by Peter Lear
Starring Susan Anton
James Coburn
Leslie Caron
Robert Culp
Harry Guardino
Curt Jurgens
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography Stevan Larner
Edited by Harry Keramidas
Distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release date
June 15, 1979 (1979-06-15)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3 million (US rentals)[1]

Goldengirl is a 1979 American sci-fi sports drama film directed by Joseph Sargent,[2] based on the science fiction novel of the same title by Peter Lear,[2] a pseudonym of Peter Lovesey. The screenplay was by John Kohn,[2] with music by Bill Conti.[2] The film is the screen debut of Susan Anton, who starred in the title role opposite James Coburn.[2]


A scientist and neo-Nazi doctor named Serafin has developed a way to create a physically superior human being. He tests it out on his adopted daughter, Goldine.

From childhood, Goldine's father has injected her with vitamins and hormones. Now that she is grown, it is time to give her a test run. Serafin declares that his "Goldengirl" will enter and win three races at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

To subsidize his work, Serafin sells shares in his daughter's future to a syndicate of businessmen, who send merchandising expert Dryden to look out for their interests. Goldine's personal and emotional development, meanwhile, is left in the hands of a psychologist, Dr. Sammy Lee.

Goldine competes in Moscow, with unexpected results.



The 1980 Moscow Olympics did not actually see US participation, as it followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Susan Anton was a winner of Miss California and second runner-up in the 1969 Miss America pageant. She was best known for starring and singing in TV commercials for Muriel Cigars. Anton earned a 1980 Golden Globe nomination for Best New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture—Female.

Olympic track-and-field stars Dwight Stones and Bob Beamon make cameo appearances in the film, as does Australian tennis player John Newcombe.


It was reviewed on June 15, 1979 by Vincent Canby of The New York Times, who wrote, "'Goldengirl' is a very intelligent movie of its kind, written and directed in the same brisk style that marked Mr. Sargent's earlier Colossus: The Forbin Project."[2]

See also


  1. ^ THE BIG THUDS OF 1979--FILMS THAT FLOPPED, BADLY Epstein, Andrew. Los Angeles Times 27 Apr 1980: o6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Canby, Vincent (June 15, 1979). "Goldengirl (1979) Screen: A Witty 'Goldengirl':Nurtured to Win". The New York Times.

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