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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.
I am not a runner. I've tried it, it doesn't work for me. I honestly don't understand the mindset the runner, or what drives them to push their physical limitations so far. To push yourself so far that you actually feel like you're dying, a period of time where you are gasping for air, trying to remember how to breathe again. Or maybe that's what it's all about, the rush of achieving physical prowess you didn't know you had, to find out that you are able to accomplish a feat you once thought was impossible. I only imagine that is somewhat the drive to Dustin Hoffman's character in "Marathon Man," or maybe he's just running because people are trying to…
One of Dustin Hoffman's best preformances.
Released during the final years of the New Hollywood renaissance, John Schlesinger directs this white knuckle nail biter of a movie. Dustin Hoffman is at the prime of career with this performance and Sir Laurence Olivier's terrifying and sinister turn as a Nazi war criminal who uses dentistry as torture will chill you to the bone. One of the essential thrillers of the '70s.
Best Part- score!!!, plot (a lot of twists I was not expecting), Laurence Olivier's performance, direction, cinematography!!!
Worst Part- the beginning felt a little incoherent plot wise (hard to follow until plot became more connected)
Non so...mi aspettavo di più. Alla fine è un film molto lungo che dice poco e niente. Molte risposte non vengono date e l'intreccio si dimostra abbastanza spoglio e semplificato.
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Incredible. A thriller, but quite funny. AMAZING opening sequence in which two octogenarians, a New York Jewish man and an ex-Nazi, get in a road-rage related car chase.
Great scene when Hoffman runs around lake and gets in an implied foot race with another runner.
Laurence Olivier as a sadistic Nazi dentist/torturer living in Argentina or somewhere. Another incredible sequence when he goes to a Jewish Jewelry district in NY and is recognised - he gets his comeuppance.
I learned something important here. Oil of clove helps with toothache. Never heard of this before but that seems like essential purchase to me. That info alone earned five stars from me.
Also the movie was good too I guess.
A sweaty, grimy, nervous thriller from John Schlesinger that belongs to that long list of films that came out in the 1970s about urban paranoia ("All the President's Men," "Taxi Driver," "The Conversation," just to name a few).
Dustin Hoffman plays a regular Joe who gets caught up in some nasty business thanks to his brother, an undercover agent played by Roy Scheider. This business involves a Nazi war criminal in hiding (the Oscar-nominated Laurence Olivier) and some diamonds he wants to get his hands on. To be honest, the plot was a bit of a muddle to me, since the film spends its first hour or so introducing random plot strands without explaining how they relate to one another.…
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I first consciously encountered Marathon Man in William Goldman's famed memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade. What stood out most of his recollections about that film, and perhaps stood out most to me from the entire book second to this famed declaration that "Nobody knows anything", was his scathing indictment of Dustin Hoffman deliberately prolonging an entire day of shooting for the purpose of physically fatiguing the aged Laurence Olivier in an effort to upstage him. That soured me on Hoffman.
Goldman declared that despite Hoffman's efforts, Olivier was so professional that he refused to say "when", restarting for take after take and shining each time. It really is a fascinating performance, perhaps one of the most chilling screen villains…
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!