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.
That scene with Laurence Olivier walking through New York is burned into my mind. The final forty minutes of this film are nail-biting and the performances a delight to watch.
It takes a bit too long to get going, and seemingly goes nowhere, but manages to tie up all the things you assumed were never going to be touched upon again. Like most 70s conspiracy theory films, it's a slow burner. At least this one has flame when it burns.
That being said, Hoffman's character isn't fleshed out enough for us to totally care. I only wanted him to succeed because of how much of a bastard Olivier was! Though it isn't really that hard to make a Nazi a believable bastard. They are literally the perfect film villains, that's why there's so many WWII films and barely any WWI films.
Marathon Man, nevertheless, is a classic you sort of have to watch.
I really enjoyed how the beginning of the story put you right in Babe's shoes. For a good 45 minutes of the movie, I had no idea who anyone was or what their motive was, I wasn't quite sure what was going on at all, until it all gets explained to Babe directly. I felt this was a really smart move by the screenwriter, that feeling of confusion really helped me feel for the protagonist.
I also loved the more subtle visual connotations in the ending. It works as a conclusion to the direct narrative, and it fit very well for the characters involved, I thought all those little pieces were strokes of genius.
It's also pretty fascinating to see…
An okay action/thriller except for the famous dental torture scenes, but I saw the version off of Korean EBS, which appears to have edited out the really unpleasant tension in the scenes, leaving the movie much more ho-hum (unless the dental torture was always much less intense than I remember, in which case there really is not much reason to see this anymore).
After a month of viewing this film, I still cannot fully grasp it.
I'm really surprised and confused by how good this is. Typically with 70's action movies, there's a lot of slow points and grainy, poorly-choreographed scenes, but this kept my attention for the entire runtime. Hoffman and Olivier are really great. It's a really original and different script, keeping great tone and pace.
Great climax too.
The whole picture is great cinema, but i specially liked the street scene where the old woman recognizes 'the White Angel', the German Nazi who was guilty of murdering thousands of people, played by Sir Laurence Olivier!
Letter Grade: C-
"Is it safe?..."
Excellent performance from Dustin Hoffman, and some pretty intense scenes. The break-in while he is in the tub and the subsequent torture via dentistry was enough to make one squirm. Roy Scheider is good too, but this is the Dustin Hoffman show through and through.
Film #16 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16.
The 70's was a great era for crime films. However, I hadn't even heard of Marathon Man before it came up when I was looking for something to watch for this week's challenge.
What I got was a very good thriller with an intriguing plot and great performances from Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier. There are some memorable, intense scenes with horror elements and one in particular makes me rethink the dentist appointment I've booked for next week...
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