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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.
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.
Ich weiß wirklich nicht woran es genau liegt, aber Filme aus den 70ern haben es bei mir immer äußerst schwer, nicht unfreiwillig komisch zu wirken. Dieser "Klassiker" des Spionagethrillergenres mcht da keine Ausnahme.
Die Darsteller machen fast alles richtig, verfallen aber in seltenen Fällen in eine komische Art des Overactings, was so gar nicht zum Rest des Films passt.
Das viel größere Problem ist aber, dass die Stunts teils komisch zurückhaltend wirken. Prügeleien wirken extrem einstudiert, Autostunts so langsam, als würde das Auto einfach über die Straß rollen, bis es dann gegen ein Hindernis prallt und explodiert.
Die legendäre Zahnarzt-Szene ist nebenbei wirklich überhaupt nichts besonderes und kann doch eigentlich auch damals kaumm noch jemanden geschockt haben - oder halt nur, weil man es nicht aus dem Mainstreamkino gewohnt war.
Vom völlig beknackten Ende, bei dem sich der Antagonist selbst killt, fange ich besser gar nicht erst an.
This viewing only served to confirm and intensify my opinion. Much of it is very good, even extraordinary, namely the opening, and those parts with Roy Scheider and Laurence Olivier, but Dustin Hoffman was just too goddamn old for his part. The role, particularly his fumbling courtship, is written for a much younger actor and Hoffman plays it like a young man and the effect is bizarre. If they had gotten a more age appropriate actor, say a young Richard Gere or Dennis Quaid, somebody born after the war, the thing would have been that much better. Still pretty good as is.
A doctoral student becomes involved in a conspiracy between a shadowy unknown government agency and a former Nazi concentration camp dentist. One of the better international conspiracy films of the early 1970s, along with Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View. Director John Schlesinger did a good job of pulling together William Goldman's sometimes convoluted screenplay - adapted from his novel - into an action charged thriller that accurately captured the gritty and sometimes dangerous New York City of the 1970s.
Dustin Hoffman was at his neurotic best as the grad student who stumbles into the conspiracy and Laurence Olivier was great, as always, as the sadistic concentration camp dentist. The two scenes where he tortures Hoffman by…
The characters were really interesting, and the themes were strong and well integrated throughout. The camerawork was workmanlike but well executed in service of the story. However, I kinda found that story lacking in real power. Not to say that it wasn't an enjoyable watch. The direction was masterful, but the plot and the script felt pretty by the numbers in places. It is very quintessentially a 1976 movie though, and I mean that as a compliment.
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!