Marathon Man

Marathon Man

DVD - 2001
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Hoffman stars as a Columbia graduate student caught in a drama around a murderous Nazi fugitive.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2001
ISBN: 9780792172925
0792172922
Branch Call Number: DVD MAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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tomato May 24, 2016

I think it has aged quite well - it's a cracking good movie! Hoffman and Olivier are marvelous.

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talktimereader
Jan 13, 2016

Certainly dated and hasn't aged well. Hoffman's method acting is terrible. It seems to have been created as a vehicle for him and Laurence Olivier. Wouldn't recommend it.

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akirakato
Jan 12, 2016

This is a 1976 suspense-thriller directed by John Schlesinger, adapted by William Goldman from his 1974 novel of the same name.
Although someone says this is a Jewish revenge fantasy, it is a well-scripted entertaining piece.
Szell, a Nazi dentist, tortures Babe (Dustin Hoffman) by first probing a cavity in one of Babe's teeth with a curette, and later drilling into another tooth, without anesthetic.
This dental torture scene is so realistic that you might as well feel a great pain in your teeth.
This torture scene is definitely one of the most frightening sequences in film.
This film is fascinating not only because it has elements of escapism, but also because you can easily identified with Babe Levy.

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RobSW
Nov 25, 2015

When their characters meet, Hoffman and Scheider seem to share a smugness that seems to say, "Yeah, isn't it great how dumb people actually pay to see this agenda-driven, politicized drivel?"

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pl8
Oct 22, 2015

One of the great films of the 1970s. Unfortunately its now mostly remembered only for its most famous scene, but there are actually several great scenes (personally I think the "jewel district" scene is the best and far more terrifying). Admittedly the second half isn't quite as good as the first, buts its a great thriller in the tradition of Hitchcock. In the first half we see the three main characters separately before they all collide. The tension that builds and subtle feeling of doom is incredible; little things like the dialogue being a little too low while simple sound effects like floorboards creaking and glasses tinking is just a little bit too high. Olivier is, somehow, immediately recognizable as an agent of death. And the underrated Scheider is great as the worldly-wise cynic keeping things from his younger brother. As far as I know, there were only three films in this sub-genre: this, Boys from Brazil and ODESSA File, which is a shame. Of the three I'd only call this one a great film. Unfortunately, the popularity of these three films may have resulted in Dr. Mengele going even deeper into hiding (according to Wiesenthal's biographer).

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mogie
Aug 24, 2014

This movie did not hold my attention.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 04, 2014

"Is it safe?"

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bigcajunman
Nov 18, 2009

A good movie, but somehow I remember it being better (not sure why). Laurence Olivier is great as the Crazed Nazi Dentist but Dustin Hoffman's performance seems a little strained.

Well worth a watch again, unless you are squeemish about dental visits, then maybe you want to pass this one by.

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Apr 13, 2017

"Is it safe"?

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Nov 18, 2009

Is it safe?

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