Marathon Man


(out of 5)

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.   plays an obsessive runner who is living in the shadow of his father’s suicide. His government spy brother () 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 ) 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.

Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company

USA, 1976

Directed by

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

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