Marathon Man

Marathon Man

DVD - 2001
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Hoffman stars as a Columbia graduate student caught in a drama around a murderous Nazi fugitive.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Video, c2001
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780792172925
Branch Call Number: MOVIE MAR
Language Note: In English with optional French language track and English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 07, 2019

Is it safe? The film starts off in a manner that keeps the viewer trying to understand what is going on. Is it safe? And it keeps going on like that for over an hour. One sees a mysterious package in a Band-Aid box, an explosion, a man at the opera with his throat cut, two people getting in an argument in the street because one of their cars has difficulty starting, and their death; a man running and running. Is it safe? All these characters and events slowly start coming together in the second hour of the film, very carefully, with increasing suspense. If you can keep your attention for over an hour, it becomes a very enjoyable and rewarding film.

Apr 07, 2019

Takes you back to NY of the ‘70s: loud, dirty, sexist and racist. It is a typical 70’s film filled with ethnic stereotypes and a male centered view of the world. That being said I liked the nostalgia and the performances. Yes, everyone acts over the top, but that was the era. Certainly filmed like a tv show though, not much spent on cinematography lol, but again that was the era of pre-blockbuster special effect driven films. Not many millennials will like this film.

tomato May 24, 2016

I think it has aged quite well - it's a cracking good movie! Hoffman and Olivier are marvelous.

Jan 13, 2016

Certainly dated and hasn't aged well. Hoffman's method acting is terrible. It seems to have been created as a vehicle for him and Laurence Olivier. Wouldn't recommend it.

Jan 12, 2016

This is a 1976 suspense-thriller directed by John Schlesinger, adapted by William Goldman from his 1974 novel of the same name.
Although someone says this is a Jewish revenge fantasy, it is a well-scripted entertaining piece.
Szell, a Nazi dentist, tortures Babe (Dustin Hoffman) by first probing a cavity in one of Babe's teeth with a curette, and later drilling into another tooth, without anesthetic.
This dental torture scene is so realistic that you might as well feel a great pain in your teeth.
This torture scene is definitely one of the most frightening sequences in film.
This film is fascinating not only because it has elements of escapism, but also because you can easily identified with Babe Levy.

Nov 25, 2015

When their characters meet, Hoffman and Scheider seem to share a smugness that seems to say, "Yeah, isn't it great how dumb people actually pay to see this agenda-driven, politicized drivel?"

Oct 22, 2015

One of the great films of the 1970s. Unfortunately its now mostly remembered only for its most famous scene, but there are actually several great scenes (personally I think the "jewel district" scene is the best and far more terrifying). Admittedly the second half isn't quite as good as the first, buts its a great thriller in the tradition of Hitchcock. In the first half we see the three main characters separately before they all collide. The tension that builds and subtle feeling of doom is incredible; little things like the dialogue being a little too low while simple sound effects like floorboards creaking and glasses tinking is just a little bit too high. Olivier is, somehow, immediately recognizable as an agent of death. And the underrated Scheider is great as the worldly-wise cynic keeping things from his younger brother. As far as I know, there were only three films in this sub-genre: this, Boys from Brazil and ODESSA File, which is a shame. Of the three I'd only call this one a great film. Unfortunately, the popularity of these three films may have resulted in Dr. Mengele going even deeper into hiding (according to Wiesenthal's biographer).

Aug 24, 2014

This movie did not hold my attention.

Aug 04, 2014

"Is it safe?"

Nov 18, 2009

A good movie, but somehow I remember it being better (not sure why). Laurence Olivier is great as the Crazed Nazi Dentist but Dustin Hoffman's performance seems a little strained.

Well worth a watch again, unless you are squeemish about dental visits, then maybe you want to pass this one by.


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