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.
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.…
Sir Laurence Olivier.
What's not to like?
John Schlesinger's adaptation of William Goldman's novel of the same name is a tense, starkly violent and politically-charged thriller. Immensely relevant to the times it is portraying and fueled by past terrors still lingering. The plot is simple: a Ph.D student finds himself in a deadly game with a greedy Nazi war criminal after his CIA agent brother is murdered. It is a constant motion of buildup and dramatic eruption, powered by psychological insight. The highly dramatic pace is kept convincing thanks to top-notch performances by Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. Their vastly differing characters contrast one another, generations clash and moralities collide. Its spot as a 70s action classic is well deserved, soaring through its two-hour running…
The actual story is a little derivative and contrived, without the character nuances or moral shadings usually found in the best of paranoid thrillers (Didn't help that the last one I watched of this genre, The Conversation, is so exceptional). Pacing is a little off too. Good performances and fantastic atmosphere though. A great sense of place with many striking compositions and memorable scenes helped make it enjoyable enough.
I must say, based on the reputation, I expected the "Is it safe?" scene to be a little more extreme. I shuddered in all the right places and Hoffman's scenes afterwards with that make-up on his teeth were some wince-inducing stuff, but the actual act itself was (thankfully) more obliquely implied than I had thought.
One of the best espionage-type thrillers of the 70s. The 70s was not only a towering decade in film, but also a decade widespread with cinematic spies, conspiracies, & trenchcoated unsavory characters. Director John Schlesinger does a masterful job setting up his main character's mundane lifestyle, which allows the eventual chaos to really resonate once it kicks in. This film is best known for its infamous "Is it safe?" sequence. This is one horrific scene that'll make you squirm... the empathy Dustin Hoffman generates with this film. Sir Laurence Olivier's Dr. Christian Szell is the embodiment of evil, & the atrocities he has committed are best left to the imagination. Roy Scheider & William Devane are just badass as usual. To call Marathon Man a great thriller is a given. It thrills, & then some. A great film with a gritty 70s approach to paranoid storytelling from the post-Nixon era of conspiracy thrillers.
Though it had a slow start and the plot was downright imperfect, Marathon Man was directed and acted with such intensity and power that it offered nothing but top-notch suspense until the end. It had some fantastic sequences and the thrills and the tension go in crescendo all the time. Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, and Roy Scheider were simply wonderful in this amazingly Hitchcockian thriller by John Schlesinger.
If I'd known this was a holocaust movie I would have watched it way sooner
Narratively a big damned mess, but Scheider and Olivier are studs, and the last third is kind of hardcore.
Yeah, well. I keep trying, hoping I'll find a gem, but the 70s just don't do it for me.
I stay noided
The first half seemed a little slow to me, but once Hoffman's character actually started doing things it got pretty damn good. Olivier is great, and that torture scene man. I fucking felt that.
Includes disturbing moments
And lots of running.
A slick, thoughtful and menacing conspiracy thriller. They don't make them like they used to.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
- Pulp Fiction
- The Terminator
- The Shining
There are certain scenes that transcend the films they appeared in and become recognisable to even those that have not…
- Rabid Dogs
- The Big Racket
- The Offence
- Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Now I know this might seem like a shameless way to get other people to find loads of 1970s crime…