Marathon Man (1976)

JOHN SCHLESINGER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1976.  Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by , based on his novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.

John Schlesinger’s thriller about paranoia and fear is a great way to entertain yourself: at the same time gripping and yet also ridiculous, it’s a taut action thriller with a far-fetched plot that only makes it more enjoyable.  Dustin Hoffman plays an obsessive runner who is living in the shadow of his father’s suicide. His government spy brother (Roy Scheider) is murdered, and Hoffman’s decision to find out the truth behind his death leads him down paths of danger that he never dreamed of. It turns out that a Nazi war criminal (played to the hilt by Laurence Olivier) has come to the States to pick up a stash of diamonds and is getting rid of all the members of a covert government operation that are out to arrest him. Featuring one of the scariest scenes involving the art of dentistry EVER put on film (one shudders just to think of it), this fun action flick will leave you quaking in your boots.

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