Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.…
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…
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.
Marathon Man is an absolutely enthralling thriller. It took a little while to hook me in, but after Szell arrives it jumps up a few notches in every scene. The torture, escape and then torture bit was amazing. Tension wise, the scene when Szell was trying to walk away casually whilst a Holocaust victim screamed his name may have been even better. The different acting styles of Hoffman and Olivier bring so much to the characters and really add to the growing tensions in each scene.
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 <3 Conrad Hall
Relief or discomfort?
College man Dustin Hoffman gets wrapped up in his badass older brother's (Roy Scheider) spy game. Like a lot of these movies, I was hoping this one would play it serious and realistic and while it's fairly serious, after the demise of Roy Scheider it kinda devolves into a cat and mouse story. Hoffman's character doesn't actually have any skills or knowledge and is purely trying to survive, which is ok, but it felt a little too convenient for him to get out of as many sticky situations as he did. Sadly, this is another one of those '70s thrillers that sounded awesome on paper and nearly worked but never completely clicked for me.
Yeah, it got better in the third act, but it started off with mostly unlikeable characters that, if anything, got more and more unlikeable as it went on. Luckily, they mostly got what they deserved in the end.
On the plus side, the film started off confusing, and got slightly less confusing in the end, but it was all so grim and downbeat, I never really cared about what was going on.
Dustin Hoffman is typically fantastic here in Marathon Man; an enriching, complex, and heart-pounding thriller that holds up.
Fantastic performances by the whole cast!
Hay muchas películas que copian a Alfred Hitchcoock, y yo creo que si lo haces, hazlo bien.
Marathon man no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y le pongo media estrella más por la buena fotografía y grandes escenas.
Is it safe?
The Ron Says: Yes.
"Is it safe?"- Christian Szell
To celebrate Dustin Hoffman's birthday on Saturday I watched Marathon Man. Hoffman was of course great and Roy Scheider and Laurence Olivier offer some great supporting help. The film has a nice gritty atmosphere throughout. It started off good, but it's one of those films that just keeps getting better and better as it goes. The third act is just plain awesome. So many unexpected things occurred during the last 30 minutes or so. There is plenty of tension built up through the first two acts and then it just snaps in the final act. Overall I really liked Marathon Man and look forward to seeing it again. 8/10
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