Marathon Man

Marathon Man

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Director: John Schlesinger

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

     
 

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Doc Levy (Roy Scheider) is an American secret agent who has been running interference between the US government and escaped Nazi war criminal Szell (Laurence Olivier). Believing that Doc has stolen a valuable cache of gems, Szell emerges from his South American hiding place and heads for New York. He hasSee more details below

Overview

Doc Levy (Roy Scheider) is an American secret agent who has been running interference between the US government and escaped Nazi war criminal Szell (Laurence Olivier). Believing that Doc has stolen a valuable cache of gems, Szell emerges from his South American hiding place and heads for New York. He has Doc killed, then kidnaps Doc's in-the-dark brother Babe (Dustin Hoffman). Repeating the phrase "Is it safe?" over and over, Szell, a onetime concentration camp dentist, tries to extract information from Babe by performing sadistic "oral surgery" upon him. Babe, who still doesn't know about the gems, escapes, breaking his own self-imposed rule of nonviolence to defend himself against his pursuers. The fox becomes the hound when Babe overpowers Szell and forces the old man to swallow his valuable diamonds. Marathon Man traces Babe Levy's progression from pacifistic naif to cynical street-smart scrapper.

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All Movie Guide
Marathon Man is probably best remembered for the scene in which the evil Laurence Olivier tortures a sweaty, helpless Dustin Hoffman by way of dental surgery. The movie was director John Schlesinger's take on two popular mid-'70s genres: it was a paranoid spy film, like Three Days of the Condor or The Parallax View, and a Nazi-on-the-loose film like The Odessa File. Written by William Goldman, the material is somewhat preposterous, but Schlesinger fills the movie with moments of tense intrigue and suspense. Olivier was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and Hoffman appeared in another classic paranoia film, All the President's Men, that same year.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2013
UPC:
0883929337705
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
7,337

Special Features

Remembering Marathon Man; The Magic Of Hollywood...Is The Magic Of People; Rehersal footage; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Babe Levy
Laurence Olivier Szell
Roy Scheider Doc Levy
William Devane Janeway
Marthe Keller Elsa
Fritz Weaver Prof. Biesenthal
Richard Bright Karl
Allen Joseph Babe's Father
Tito Goya Melendez
Ben Dova Szell's Brother
Jacques Marin LeClerc
Nicole Deslauriers Nicole
Lotta Andor-Palfi Old Lady on 47th Street
Ray Serra Truck Driver
George Dega Hotel Valet
Marc Lawrence Erhard
Lou Gilbert Rosenbaum
James Wing Woo Chen
Lionel Pina Street Gang
Church Street Gang
Jaime Tirelli Street Gang
Wilfredo Hernandez Street Gang
Michael Vale Jewelry Salesman
Fred Stuthman Jewelry Salesman
Lee Steele Jewelry Salesman
William Martel Bank Guard
Glenn Robards Plainclotheman
Ric Carrott Plainclothesman
Alma Beltran Laundress
Chuy Franco Guard in Uruguay
Billy Kearns Tourist
Tom Ellis TV Announcer
Bryant Fraser Young Photographer
Annette Claudier Nurse
Roger Etienne Headwaiter
John Garson Bystander
Estelle Omens Bystander
Madge Kennedy Lady in Bank
Harry Goz Jewelry Salesman

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Sidney Beckerman Producer
Jim Clark Editor
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack de Shields Art Director
Dick Smith Special Effects
Robert Evans Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
William Goldman Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Richard Johnson Special Effects
George Justin Associate Producer,Production Manager
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Ben Nye Makeup
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Michael Small Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Spurgeon Special Effects
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer

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