They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York

     
 

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Sydney Pollack's depression-era drama about a dance marathon, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, gets a second DVD release from MGM/UA. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental

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Sydney Pollack's depression-era drama about a dance marathon, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, gets a second DVD release from MGM/UA. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release, but it does leave room for a more substantive version at a later time.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Appearing throughout the 1960s in forgettable light comedies and overdone potboilers (some directed by her then-husband, Roger Vadim), Jane Fonda hardly seemed to be an actress with a memorable career ahead of her. That changed in 1969, with They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, in which Fonda gave her first inarguably great performance as Gloria, a woman shorn of hope and compassion, who has learned to get by on bitterness and survival instinct. While Fonda was the film's biggest surprise, she was not the only casting risk that paid off. Gig Young, a journeyman actor whose career had had a few peaks and many valleys, was unexpectedly mesmerizing as Rocky, the oily and manipulative Master of Ceremonies, a performance for which he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. Red Buttons, long a star comedian, was solid and believable as the battered and aging Sailor. Bruce Dern, best known for supporting parts in Roger Corman quickies, was both hopeful and desperate as the destitute drifter James, and Bonnie Bedelia, in only her second film role, created an indelible impression as Ruby, his pregnant wife; her cracked and sorrowful version of "The Best Things in Life are Free" may be the most heartbreaking moment in a film full of heavy emotions. And, while Susannah York's prior career made her fine work less surprising than that of her fellow cast members, that didn't make her descent into madness as the star-struck Alice any less harrowing to watch. Director Sydney Pollack skillfully juggles these superb performances, giving them equal emotional weight, and generates a mood of grim desperation so palpable that you can almost feel the sweat and fatigue rising off the cast. The late 1960s spawned a brief vogue of films about the dark side of American life in the 1930s, but They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is one of the few examples that still holds up today; its allegory still rings true, and its emotional resonance is just as sharp and troubling.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0027616912046
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Gloria
Michael Sarrazin Robert
Susannah York Alice
Gig Young Rocky
Red Buttons Sailor
Bonnie Bedelia Ruby
Bruce Dern James
Robert Fields Joel
Allyn Ann McLerie Shirl
Michael Conrad Rollo
Lewis Turkey
Severn Darden Cecil
Jacquelyn Hyde Jackie
Felice Orlandi Mario
Art Metrano Max
Gail Billings Lillian
Maxine Greene Agnes
Mary Gregory Nurse
Robert Dunlap College Boy
Paul Mantee Jiggs
Tim Herbert Doctor
Tom McFadden Actor
Noble "Kid" Chissell Actor
Teddy Buckner Actor
Chaing Actor
Kid Chissell Trainer
Joseph Harris House Band
Marilyn Hassett Girl
Bobby Hutcherson Band Leader
Philo McCullough Audience Extra
Madge Kennedy Mrs. Layden
Laura Lamb Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Chartoff Producer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Johnny Green Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Horner Production Designer
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Frank McCoy Makeup
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
James Poe Screenwriter
Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Robert E. Thompson Screenwriter
Irwin Winkler Producer
Albert Woodbury Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Acts of God [4:02]
2. Like Cattle to Signup [5:54]
3. Let's Dance! [6:24]
4. "Don't Strain Anything" [2:26]
5. First Break [4:29]
6. Easy Come, Easy Go [3:56]
7. A Sponsor Like That [6:54]
8. Faith Healer [7:16]
9. The Derby, the Derby! [12:08]
10. Just a Headache [5:35]
11. Crawling Alone [4:11]
12. For the Good of the Show [2:22]
13. No Touching [6:13]
14. 1,000 Hours [5:58]
15. No Rest for the Abandoned [8:48]
16. The Last Derby [5:55]
17. A Shower for Alice [5:35]
18. Boy Gets Girl Back [4:12]
19. Rigged World [8:31]
20. End Credits [8:05]

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