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One man's dangerous attempts to clear his father's name.
A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division. This film, famous for its excruciating "Is it safe?" torture scene by a Nazi dentist, is a spy classic with an all star cast.
A twisty, dark thriller involving Nazi war criminals, shadowy government agencies, and the attempt to snuff out each, John Schlesinger's "Marathon Man" is an intense and engrossing piece of work. With its compelling story and excellent lead cast, the film is enveloping and effective.
Starring Dustin Hoffman as man entangled in a plot full of murder and intrigue, the film twists together its narrative threads for a taut and exciting thriller. Hoffman's grad student finds himself quickly in over his head when his brother's mysterious work begins to hit home. Torture, stolen diamonds, and family history color the crackling story.
Hoffman is dogged and textured as an everyman who gets involved in a dangerous game he should avoid. Laurence Olivier,…
Marathon Man comes with a substantial reputation attached to it, boasting a headline of actors and a director who naturally add gravitas to any production they are part of. It is the classic story of an innocent man caught up in a dangerous saga a world away from his normal, everyday life.
The gradual evolution of the story takes quite a while to settle into a cohesive narrative as we chop and change between a number of people who become part of the bigger picture late on. A seemingly innocuous car accident (ACME couldn't have positioned a more convenient fuel truck) triggers a series of events that include a Nazi war criminal, Government agents and Hoffman, studying for his PhD.…
Compelling and suspenseful, Marathon Man doesn't have the strongest narrative but works due to some really gripping moments and committed performances. Very cool to see a later Laurence Olivier performance.
What a real surprise this film is! The 70s brought many great movies, and while this one got some Oscar nominations, I don't hear much about it today. It is a real shame, because this is one of the best films of the 70s, and is one hell of a crime thriller. Like William Friedkin's The French Connection, this film excels in making its audience tense.
The film's first 40 minutes really gives itself time to set-up the story as we are introduced to Dustin Hoffman's character 'Babe', a PhD history student who ends up caught in an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.
I love the whole scenario and the…
Because he's a runner, and what do runners know best? Endurance. He's conditioned to endure all the pain that comes his way. Hoffman is next level. Szell's Theme is out of control. The film is still scary hip.
This is the most annoying performance of Hoffman i have seen..He looks completely lost and is miscast here..The story is convoluted and trite...the ironic thing is that the only enjoyable thing in the whole movie was the iconic torture scene..it takes more than 45 minutes to get going and when it does nothing happens and is brimming with dull characters and Nazi Bashing seems to be imbibed in the director's mind...Olivier is good as the demented dentist but he deserved better...
I loved the creepy, suspenseful music.
Tense and stylish, but sloppy and often pointless.
It is safe.
Compared to the modern Hollywood action movie where it is compulsory for the hero to outrun a fireball and have martial arts skills that allows him to chop a cucumber with his bare hands, Marathon Man is a work of subdued realism. I remember it was liked when it was first released and I certainly liked it when I saw it in my late teens, it seemed to be another of those 1970s Hollywood films that had taken cinema out of the studio and placed it in the streets, but, despite Conrad Hall’s excellently gritty photography, it now seems a slightly dull movie...and maybe an unpleasant one. There is a lot of story: an elderly German in New York takes…
Chock full o' nuts
dripping in paranoia – this world is often seen from a distance, as if there’s a powerful unknown presence watching one’s every move – so it’s too bad that there’s not much happening here for the audience to be paranoid about (or interested in, as a result).
This movie is really silly, but that only really becomes apparent during its climax. Up until that point, Michael Small's score and Schlesinger's direction keep the tension high and the paranoia ever-present
One of the all-time great thrillers - a film of Nazis, diamonds, running and dentistry.
What makes John Schlesinger's film continue to work as well as it does is its grounding in reality and humanity. Our hero is just a man, albeit one who can run marathons so is able to endure physical pain better than most, but a recognisable and human one. Hoffman as Babe absolutely carries the trauma and pain of the film on him though. Witness how he continues to suck at his teeth after he's been tortured. You feel that pain an hour after the film's famous torture scene.
Those central pillars carry the rest of the film. The story is driven by poor, human decisions…
A bit of an uneven thriller, this one, with some really strong stuff interspersed with rather dated, awkward scenes. On the plus side you have a collection of fine actors doing good work...the three leads - Hoffman, Olivier and Scheider - in particular. There are about half a dozen truly memorable scenes that deserve repeat viewing...scenes where overall staging, impeccable cinematography (by Conrad Hall), acting and editing are spot on. Some (like the somewhat bizarre roadrage chase early on, borderline weak climax, some of Hoffman's scenes with his love interest) drag the film's impact down a notch. But I'm a sucker for American films of this time period and, on the balance, this is a good one so it's recommended, if you don't judge its flaws too harshly.
p.s. Marathon Man reminded me how much i wished that Roy Scheider had a longer career as a leading man...he's dreamy, as usual, in a supporting role
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Now I know this might seem like a shameless way to get other people to find loads of 1970s crime…