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.…
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.
Superb Thriller. Some shock moments were executed better than most Horrors. The performances were all spot on.
Classic 70s thriller involving spy organizations, secret nazi diamonds, and Dustin Hoffman jogging. Famous for its dental torture scene ("Is it safe?"), this also boasts some great cinematography and editing as well as a stellar cast. 70s stud Roy Scheider has two of my favorite moments in the movie; the hotel fight and his nighttime meeting with Olivier. I also love the supporting roles from William Devane and Marc Lawrence (that bum leg!).
Hoffman's running scene late in the movie, down the freeway, is a 70s action scene that doesn't get talked about enough when discussing great 70s action scenes, which it should, because it's great.
Stick to Colgate and your own fucking toothbrush. It's safer that way.
It's dated rather unfavourably but the performances are solid and it's a gripping 70's thriller with elements of suspense created in a way that would inspire Bourne and others well down the line. Olivier is a natural fit for the villainous Nazi Szell, and Hoffman is a solid leading man at the behest of all that's going on around him.
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College student Babe (Dustin Hoffman) gets caught up in intrigue that involves his brother, Doc (Roy Scheider), a Nazi dentist who escaped capture named Szell (Laurence Olivier), a man who works with Babe's brother named Janeway (William Devane), and a mystery woman whom Babe falls for, named Elsa (Marthe Keller).
Babe truly doesn't know what's going on at first, but that doesn't stop the bad guys from coming for him. He is on the run for most of the movie, literally, with his training for a marathon saving his life. Hoffman plays the confused, frightened, and harried hero excellently, and Olivier plays his part with pure evil as the Nazi who will go anywhere and do anything to get his precious diamonds stolen from Jewish prisoners during WWII.
Lots of suspense, action, and intrigue that are all rolled into a terrific piece of entertainment. Don't miss this one!
Has its moments and Hoffman is great but both of these are too few and far between and when Hoffman isn't on screen the film's pace slows almost to a halt.
MARATHON MAN wasn't quite the suspense-thriller I was expecting from director John Schlesinger, or acting legends, Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman and Roy Scheider.
It does have some iconic movie moments and it is shot beautifully, but the story feels clunky and when the film ended, I felt unmoved.
A 40 year old thriller that holds up perfectly.
Dustin Hoffman re-teems with his "Midnight Cowboy" director to bring forth a tense, white knuckle thriller about diamonds, Nazis, and a college student caught in the middle.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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