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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.
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.
As much as IMDb is second only to YouTube comments sections as being the biggest pit of iniquity on the internet, the right to nitpick motion pictures is something that we, as movie fans, can exercise whenever the mood takes us. We've all done it and we've all gotten angry at watching people nitpick our favourite films, only to turn round and do the same at somebody else's favourite films. We can contradict ourselves whenever we please. It is our privilege.
When it comes to Marathon Man, I don't get angry about it though. I…
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…
For the better part of 40 minutes I had no idea what was going on in this movie, other than a shirtless German who might be a nazi was beating the shit out of everyone. Once it becomes a hunt for jew treasure it gets more interesting, but also more convoluted. The torture stuff is quite thrilling, but it isn't Dustin Hoffmans best work and that was constantly taking me out.
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Things I learned from this movie: it's nice to be in shape when you're at the center of an international conspiracy.
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Film 18 – #51 in 'The Hard Drive Randomiser'
The mere mention of 1970s New York conjures iconic images of grubby brownstones, seedy corruption, and a disenchanted populace, and John Schlesinger's Marathon Man has this distinct atmosphere down to a perfectly formed T. The unadorned dustiness of the grimy litter-strewn streets is matched by the figurative greyness of the post-Watergate political field, bringing this cloak and dagger spy thriller to a nail-biting conclusion, along the way loaded with a subtle surprises and distressing imagery: both symbolic and physical.
Full review at Big Face, Small Razor.
William Goldman's book-a visceral thriller about a Nazi ring of thieves in New York-seemed a lead-pipe cinch to make audiences almost sick with excitement (the way THE FRENCH CONNECTION did); it's DEATH WISH with a lone Jewish student (played by Dustin Hoffman) getting his own back from the Nazis. But the director, John Schlesinger, opts for so much frazzled crosscutting that there isn't the clarity needed for suspense. The only emotion one is likely to feel is revulsion at the brutality and general unpleasantness. With Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, Marthe Keller, William Devane, and Fritz Weaver; cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. Paramount.
see When the Lights Go Down.
great actors deliver the goods in a film that thrives on outstanding scenes but struggles to work as a whole
maybe my expectations were too high or maybe im missing something, but for all it's moments this did not soar to great heights w me
Even if Marathon Man is unbalanced package with certain sense of mystery being the only thing keeping it together (film isn't really messy or anything but it doesn't take us successfully from beginning to end without losing something in the journey of characters). There's touch of Kafka tuned with smell of danger in the nightly New York where nothing seems to be what it seems to be. Even if I lost my concentration somewhere in the middle of the film, there will be always one summation of U.S. (I don't know about its significance or even the meaningful turnaround to the story) that I won't forget: rogue government agent of the United States states what every patriot says when they justify what they are doing and thinking, "I believe in my country" to which ex-Nazi (once Nazi always a Nazi?) fires at "So did we all".
Choppy, occasionally nonsensical and very mid-seventies but Marathon Man remains grisly and intriguing thanks to the most unsettling torture scenes ever filmed, a ton of crazy twists which make no sense when you think of them later but are great in the moment and a superb performance from Laurence Olivier as the magnificently repulsive Szell.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!