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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…
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...
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.
One of the most fun movies I have ever seen! 2 hours of thrilling, action-packed but intelligent fun and a must see for sure.
Titel die me aansprak. De film start als donkere komedie, en draait dan rond zowat elk mogelijk Hollywoodgenre. Het is hoofdzakelijk een spionage-thriller zonder spionnen. Heb het uiteindelijk allemaal niet echt gesnapt, maar dat is de bedoeling, vermoed ik. Ben dol op cultfilms maar vindt het vreselijk als het erom gedaan wordt. Ik denk dat deze er zowat tussen hangt.
Containing one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, Marathon Man is not just a great example of 70's cinema, but of the medium period.
Dustin Hoffman is excellent as the young student thrust into a desperate bid for survival, while Laurence Olivier gives a chillingly measured performance as the Nazi who's greed gets the better of him.
While the final act is somewhat flawed, the film is stuffed with so many great moments that I can forgive its rather anti climactic ending.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Marathon Man is super pulpy and mostly works now as a relic of the 70s, but the teeth scenes, my god. Every time I go to the dentist I expect them to strap me in and start saying, "Is it safe?" and then going to work on my chompers. The ending which (Spoiler Alert) involves Dustin Hoffman feeding Laurence Olivier his precious diamonds, is unforgettably awesome.
Aside from a comically miscast Dustin Hoffman playing a college graduate even though he was 38 when filming, Marathon Man is a pretty swell film.
Sure, It has some issues with establishing sympathetic characters and feels alienating sometimes, but it's still ends up being an impressive above average thriller.
Although the base characters are weak, the actors who portray them give commited performances that elevate the underdeveloped script.
It also has the quality of being visually stunning at times. The scene where Doc meets Szell at the plaza at night comes to mind.
This twisty thrillers does a great job of providing thrills and creating tension, but it falls short in the department of throwing solid, well-written characters into the mix.
Maybe I've seen a lot of 70s conspiracy spy films and have become too aware of the tropes because this is nothing too special. Olivier and Hoffman are good, but the way the events are executed are super basic. The film takes incredibly long to get going and by the time it does, you're already bored.
Roy Scheider is ripped and Hoffman is butt-naked.
Is it safe?
Why Marathon Man is only remembered for That Scene I can't tell you, because the whole thing is so wildly over the top, it's almost a parody of the paranoid thrillers of its era, from the opening old-fogey car chase to its grand guignol flair, Bond-movie explosions of action and copious hat-doffs to Hitchcock. But if there's ever a film that essays the absolute futility of torture as a valid information-gathering technique, this is it.
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff