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…
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...
Sir Laurence Olivier.
What's not to like?
a.k.a. Dustin Gets a Toothache
The best thing about Marathon Man is the exploration of the idea that Nazis could be hiding among us in modern society. The highlights are the chaotic car battle and the famous “it’s him!” scene, both brilliant sketches of that paranoia and rage. Shame the rest of the movie isn't on the same level. The problem is its lack of cohesion, giving us two half-baked side stories starring Roy Scheider and Dustin Hoffman, each feeling like it ought to be its own movie. The attempt to tie all three stories together at the halfway mark is nothing if not clunky, taking too many narrative leaps to cover the distance. Suspenseful, yes, but ultimately unsatisfying.
I'd forgotten how much awesome there was in Act 1 before Laurence Olivier appears in Act 2 with the dental drill and so forth.
-The German and Jewish dudes having a mobile argument that is interrupted by a gasoline tanker and a 200-foot fireball.
-Hoffman's jive-ass neighbors who apparently do nothing but hang around in front of a rundown townhouse like they were supporting characters in DO THE RIGHT THING.
-Endurance training in the park, PUNCH-OUT style, with a WASP taunting Hoffman and flipping him the bird while maintaining a healthy lead.
-That incredibly badass fight scene in Roy Scheider's hotel room, with the piano wire cutting into his hand, which he then accidentally uses to land a haymaker across the would-be assassin's ugly mug.
-Opera scene, with music crescendo leading up to the informant's lifeless head drooping over the backrest.
-THE SOCCER BALL.
Its not safe.
Hoffman gives a tour de force performance as a student trying to write a thesis, who is inadvertently caught up in a web of conspiracy, before becoming the ultimate Jewish revenge film.
The film begins in a mysterious way and it is hard to consider how Hoffman will ever be drawn into this web. It has a menacing approach in the way it is shot and captures cityscapes in all their glory.
All the foreshadowing from multiple areas comes together so well in a very clever script. Even the inevitable exposition dump is handled in an original manner. The ending is also extremely symbolic, but done with enough subtlety and tact, that it remains poetic rather than being obnoxious.
|King Costanza|: The famous sequence beats out a foc, a Vietnam reference, the escape sequence, a fantastic weapon of choice, and a few clumsy hostage scenes.
Dustin Hoffman can go from the whiny rich kid in The Graduate, to the pacifist turned fighter in Straw Dogs, to an exile in Papillon, to long distance runner fighting for his life in Marathon Man at the drop of a hat. Hoffman's sheer range of roles have exceeded far beyond what many actors see in their careers, and this easily puts him in the top tier of elite actors.
This thriller pits Hoffman against great Sir Laurence Olivier, and Hoffman easily holds his own. In one of the cinema’s most famous scenes, the “is it safe” dental torture sequence, two elite performers both captivate you and hold your attention equally – there is no room for second place here.…
Ladies and gentlemen, Eric Carmen: "I've been searchin' so long, but the answer is finally at hand; I'm a marathon man!" "The Graduate II: This Time, It's Personal"! Nearly 10 years after "The Graduate", Dustin Hoffman was still playing grad students, and I have enough trouble believing that he wasn't old in "The Graduate", let alone that he would get caught up in crazy crime thrills. Well, this is a John Schlesinger film that has no gay allegories, and therefore has to be extra-Jewish, so in that respect, Hoffman is perfectly cast as the lead here. Hey, he's such a talented thespian that I'm sure he could sell anything if he would "just try acting". Laurence Olivier may have just…
The good? The idea of an former nazi traveling to the diamond district, now run by jews, and being recognized. That was a great idea.
The bad? Weird pacing, weird twists, terrible sound mixing. Hoffman was scatterbrained, half the dialogue was clunky. Characters die in weird ways or weird situations. How did Olivier win an oscar for this?
What a mess.
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There are certain scenes that transcend the films they appeared in and become recognisable to even those that have not…