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Marathon Man [Blu-ray] [Import]

Dustin Hoffman , Laurence Olivier , John Schlesinger    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) directed this gripping, entertaining 1977 thriller that centres on graduate student Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Tootsie). Hoffman plays a sullen and cowardly loner haunted by the suicide of his father, a suspected communist. He is drawn into a murky web of international intrigue when his brother, CIA agent Doc Levy, played by Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection), is murdered by a former Nazi (Laurence Olivier) who has come to the United States to reclaim a valuable stash of diamonds. Babe (Hoffman) must confront his fears of the past as he runs for his life and tries to avenge his brother's death at the same time. Featuring a classic torture sequence and a terrific cast that includes William Devane and Marthe Keller, Marathon Man written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men) stands as a great entertainment and as one of the seminal films of the 1970s. --Robert Lane

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4.0 out of 5 stars Is It Safe? Feb. 21 2002
If 'Marathon Man' were being filmed today, it would feature a plot with Swiss cheese-like holes in it, mindless dialogue, and an explosion every 10 minutes. Thankfully, the 'Marathon Man' that came out in 1976 suffered from none of these weaknesses. Rather, it belongs in the same classification as 'Day of the Jackal' and 'Three Days of the Condor' when great thrillers of the 70's are mentioned.
Hoffman plays a graduate student who is still looking for answers to his father's apparent suicide years earlier. His brother (played by Roy Schieder) appears to be a businessman who has put his father's suicide behind him. What in the world can these two men have to do with a deadly Nazi war criminal on the loose? Ahh, all is not as it appears....
It's amazing to see such a stellar cast: Hoffman, Schieder, Olivier! Wow! This incredible cast and great script elevate the film way beyond the level of a typical thriller. The DVD extras are very good also. If you enjoy a good thriller and are tired of ridiculous offerings such as 'Double Jeopardy,' 'What Lies Beneath' and the like, 'Marathon Man' is like a breath of fresh air.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to expectations Oct. 18 2013
By Jesse
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Dustin Hoffman is the man. I've heard so much about this movie, and I'm glad I finally made the purchase.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Man Mockery Feb. 21 2003
If you're a fan of this film - don't buy this DVD (the Paramount "Widescreen collection" 120mins as sold in the UK). It has been clumsily edited to the point that key sequences no longer make sense. The renowned drilling scene, for instance IS NOT IN THIS DVD despite the fact that it appears in on the back cover and the inlay. Check imdb - the film is supposed to be 125 minutes long - not 119. A disappointing experience for me after much anticipation, and a sad end for what in its true form is an outstanding piece of film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'VE GOT A SEVERE TOOTHACHE ! Oct. 2 2006
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
What do you get when you combine top notch acting and a stellar cast? You get the 1977 action thriller "The Marathon Man" presented in it's 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio. The DVD transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound from Paramount Studios is excellent. The video transfer doesn't seem to contain any dust, dirt or debris and the image is very impressive, considering this film is from the 1970's. The acting is superb and the chilling performance given by Laurence Olivier as the former Nazi "Szell" is outstanding. I've always hated the sound of the dentist's drill and after seeing it in the hands of "Szell", I hate it even more. Suspense, action and intrigue, this movie has it all and after 30 years it's still highly entertaining. Only one question still remains, is it safe?

The dvd bonus features include: Theatrical Trailer, Cast & Crew interviews, Rehearsal Footage, Original "Making of Marathon Man" Featurette.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THEY DO NOT MAKE MOVIES THIS GOOD ANY MORE June 6 2004
The conspiracy movies included two fictional stories, "Marathon Man" and "The Parallax View", as well as the Watergate movie, "All the President's Men" (which Robert Redford produced after giving long consideration to a movie about how Kennedy stole the 1960 election...not!).
"Marathon Man" was directed by John Schlesinger, written by the great William Goldman (based on his novel), and produced by Bob Evans. Goldman, along with Towne, is considered one of the best screenwriters of all time. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1968) is an original screenplay that gets as much study as "Chinatown", and his book "Adventures in the Screen Trade" is a must-read for industry insiders. "Marathon Man" stars Dustin Hoffman as a Columbia doctoral student, obsessed with his thesis about his father, who committed suicide when he was "victimized" by McCarthyism. His brother is Roy Scheider, a super-secret agent for an organization that handles, apparently, what the FBI cannot and the CIA will not. His pal is William DeVane, and he is in league with the devil, a former Nazi dentist named Christian Zsell (played to perfection by Laurence Olivier), based on Joseph Mengele. Zsell is also known as the "White Angel". The plot revolves around millions of dollars worth of diamonds, smuggled to the U.S. by Zsell with DeVane's (and Sheider's) help. Hoffman accidentally gets involved and foils the plot. It is brilliant stuff in every way, shape and form, but coming on the heels of the Church hearings, the film plays on the public's belief that the CIA is corrupt, bent more on money and power than protecting the interests of freedom. The anti-hero is Hoffman. The backstory of his persecuted Jewish father strengthens the myth that fine liberals of conscience were the victims of the McCarthy witch-hunt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense! June 3 2004
Dustin Hoffman has the incredible ability to make suspense come alive, like no other actor. This is one of his best roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great American Thriller March 15 2004
By snalen
Dustin Hoffman is Thomas Levy, history graduate student at Columbia and obsessive runner. He's obsessed too with the death of his father, another historian, who was driven to suicide by the McCarthy witch-hunts, a preoccupation distrusted both by his pompous and disagreeable professor (Fritz Weaver) and by his brother Henry (Roy Scheider). Henry is believed by Thomas to be a bigshot executive for an oil company but in fact he is an undercover agent working for some obscure special operations outfit. In this capacity he is embroiled with the plans of evil former Nazi torturer Dr. Christian Szell (Olivier) to come to America to pick up a collection of diamonds extorted from Jews during the war, now in a New York bank. Things seem to be turning nasty. People are trying to kill Henry. And indeed the bad guys seem to be taking a bit of an interest in Thomas too as well as in his new Swiss (or is she?) girlfriend Elsa (Marthe Keller).
This great thriller is one of the highpoints of 1970 American cinema. Everyone involved is at the height of their powers. For both Hoffman and writer William Goldman it was project that followed "All the President's Men". For Scheider it followed fairly hot on the heels of "Jaws". And it's one of the high points in the career of distinguished British director John Schlesinger who died just a few months back. Schlesinger's direction is brilliant. The set pieces are extraordinarily well put together starting right at the front in a brilliant scene where an initially innocuous road rage incident turns into a catastrophic road accident.
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This is an old favorite. I watched it again the other night. It's
been over twenty years since I saw it last, and it's still as
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Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Thomas D. Christianson
3.0 out of 5 stars Questions on Video Aspect Switch Cools Rating
Sad to read about the problems with the (I think, Region 2) DVD in the UK that Derek Marriott wrote about earlier, about the 5- minute gap.... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by FrontPage
5.0 out of 5 stars Dustin Hoffman at his best!
Wow! This Thriller has everything...Action, Romance, Evil but believable villians, and best of all INCREDIBLE acting... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Safe At All
Having watched this movie back in the 70s as an uncomprehending kid and then a couple of times on TV in the interval, I FINALLY GOT IT! Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by Captain Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Thriller!
Contrary to what some of the other reviewers have said, I consider this to be a very well produced look into the nature of the secret and often-murky world of espionage and... Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by Barron Laycock
2.0 out of 5 stars Paramount Does it (Not) Again
Paramount, despite its marvelous archive, has been most delinquent in letterboxing its VHS tapes. I finally got tired of waiting and just bought Marathon Man on DVD (along with a... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003 by Faulkner & Joyce Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks bite
"Szell! Szell!" I know it's hell, love, but there's still at least another twenty minutes of trite to go. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by Gary
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