Marathon Man

Marathon Man

John Schlesinger (1976)

120min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Dustin Hoffman stars as the bewildered New York student training to run a marathon who inadvertently becomes mixed up in a hunt for a hoard of Nazi diamonds in this gripping thriller from director John Schlesinger, adapted by William Goldman from his own novel. Laurence Olivier is the essence of evil as the former concentration camp sadist who leaves his hiding place in South America to claim his legacy - the priceless gems taken from Jewish victims during the war. Also making an impact is Roy Scheider as Hoffman's secret agent older brother. Schlesinger's film is not without its flaws - it takes rather too long to get started and is too fragmented - but it's a very classy package, and one particular scene involving dentistry will leave a lasting impression and is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Summary

A college undergraduate training for a marathon is drawn into a shady world of espionage by his secret agent brother and a Nazi war criminal searching for a cache of stolen diamonds - entangling the student in a plot involving kidnap, torture and political intrigue. John Schlesinger's thriller, starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. Based on the novel by William Goldman.

Cast & Crew

Babe Levy Dustin Hoffman
Szell Laurence Olivier
Doc Levy Roy Scheider
Janeway William Devane
Elsa Marthe Keller
Professor Biesenthal Fritz Weaver
Karl Richard Bright
Erhard Marc Lawrence (1)
Babe's father Allen Joseph
Melendez Tito Goya
Szell's brother Ben Dova
Rosenbaum Lou Gilbert
Director John Schlesinger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama