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Marathon Man (1976)

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Marthe Keller, Roy Scheider, William Devane

Director(s): John Schlesinger

Language: English

Genre: Thriller

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Synopsis

British director John Schlesinger (MIDNIGHT COWBOY), reteams with Dustin Hoffman for MARATHON MAN, a classic suspense thriller (based on the novel by William Goldman) rife with chase sequences, torture, and political intrigue. A landmark film that pushes the boundaries of audience squeamishness, MARATHON MAN features a powerful performance by Hoffman alongside equally stellar work by Sir Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. As a Columbia University graduate student, Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman), spe... [Get complete synopsis]

 

Deril wrote on July 23, 2008, 11:27 pm
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Pretty good movie. I always pass this in the video store and think about renting...well I finally did. The story takes a little while to get rolling, but once it does it's non stop and keeps you on the edge of your seats. They could have thrown a few more surprises at the audience, but instead it plays out pretty much as you would expect. The cast is great and all performances were top notch.

If you hate dentists, you'll have a hard time watching several scenes here as "dentistry" is used to torture Hoffman, OUCH!

"oh that nerve is dead, so we'll drill into another tooth and find a fresh nerve..."

I had to watch that part through my fingers

motleymitch wrote on July 24, 2008, 1:10 am
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Again, I need to do a rewatch - saw it so long ago (after reading the book in high school) but remember the dental scenes and the whole tenseness of the film. Brutal stuff.
And you thought Laurence Olivier would be a nice dentist......

MasterWoodsman wrote on August 5, 2008, 11:18 pm
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Agreed!

motleymitch wrote on March 4, 2011, 12:02 pm
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Rewatched this finally - didn't really remember much of it, and was surprised to find that I had already rated it, but 3 stars is about right. Really good suspense, and though it's Hoffman film, the support roles from Olivier & Scheider are great.
Funny, I was reading an article recently about how technology, specifically cell phones, have been a thorn in the side for many screenwriters, particularly in thrillers like this one. Half the excitement is having a character know something incriminating and having to get said information to a destination/person, which would involve lots of running around as the clock ticks down, hurrying to an airport to talk to someone before they leave, etc...
Now all they have to do is make an instant call on their cell, or ask Google. This is why a lot of screenwriters will now write plots located in isolated areas (the woods, etc..) and pull the old there's-no-cell-phone-reception/the-power-is-out routine.
Marathon Man had a scene where Hoffman is running around in pajama bottoms from his pursuers in the middle of the night, and he finally gets into a cab, speeds away, and gets let out near a phone booth in downtown NYC and has to ask the driver for a dime so he can make a call.
Maxwell Smart with his shoe phone was ahead of his time!

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