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My favourite scene is wimpy student Hoffman taking out three agents so ruthless and specialised that they're a breed apart from the CIA and FBI. Such incompetence from a government agency has not been seen since 'Chain Reaction' in which Keaunu Reeves gets past an FBI agent by shoving him slightly, causing the man to yell "wEeEeuuRgH" and land on his back with legs and arms flailing like a spider.
The film tries to compensate for the lack of the book's running scene interior monologue by quick inserts of professional running footage, to little avail. The runner's battle with himself is muted to the point of irrelevence, here. Overall, Hoffman fails to nail his character and resorts to some histrionics here and there.
'Marathon Man' is distasteful and pointless, unless you want to take away the unnessential message that a Jew should avoid pointing a gun at his head when there's always somebody more deserving on the block. One of the least memorable thrillers of the seventies.
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.
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Dustin Hoffman is the man. I've heard so much about this movie, and I'm glad I finally made the purchase.Published on Oct. 18 2013 by Jesse
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2006 by The Critic
Dustin Hoffman has the incredible ability to make suspense come alive, like no other actor. This is one of his best roles.
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
good today as it was back then. Read more
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by FrontPage
Wow! This Thriller has everything...Action, Romance, Evil but believable villians, and best of all INCREDIBLE acting... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Mark
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 morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by Captain Cook
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