Marathon Man (1976)



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William Goldman adapted his own novel for this thriller of a US agent who unwittingly draws his brother, the marathon runner of the title, into a complex plot involving a ruthless Nazi doctor, whose methods of extracting information using his dentistry skills, would be most people's worst nightmare.

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Dustin Hoffman
as Babe Levy
Roy Scheider
as Doc Levy
Fritz Weaver
as Prof. Biesenthal
Allen Joseph
as Babe's Father
Tito Goya
as Melendez
Ben Dova
as Szell's Brother
Lou Gilbert
as Rosenbaum
Lotta Andor-Palfi
as Old Lady on 47th Street
Lionel Pina
as Street Gang
as Street Gang
as Street Gang
Jaime Tirelli
as Street Gang
Wilfredo Hernandez
as Street Gang
Harry Goz
as Jewelry Salesman
Michael Vale
as Jewelry Salesman
Fred Stuthman
as Jewelry Salesman
Lee Steele
as Jewelry Salesman
William Martel
as Bank Guard
Glenn Robards
as Plainclothesman
Ric Carrott
as Plainclothesman
Alma Beltran
as Laundress
Billy Kearns
as Tourist
Sally Wilson
as Tourist
Tom Ellis
as TV Announcer
Bryant Fraser
as Young Photographer
George Dega
as Hotel Valet
Gene Bori
as French Doctor
Roger Etienne
as Headwaiter
Raymond Serra
as Truck Driver
Madge Kennedy
as Lady in Bank
Jeff Palladini
as Young Babe
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Critic Reviews for Marathon Man

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (1)

If holes in plots bother you, Marathon Man will be maddening. But as well-crafted escapist entertainment, as a diabolical thriller, the movie works with relentless skill.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Filmmaker John Schlesinger delivers a slow-moving first half that admittedly requires a fair degree of patience from the viewer...

Jul 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Schlesinger's stylish political thriller features Olivier as an old, nasty Nazi, in a splashy role that earned him Oscar nomination.

Apr 19, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Film's notorious torture scene means adults only.

Jan 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If this doesn't turn you against going to the dentist, nothing will. Terrifying, pulsating film w/Hoffman.

Jun 21, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Needlessly complicated glossy thriller.

Mar 1, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marathon Man

This William Goldman tale about an ex-Nazi resurfacing to claim his hidden cache of war booty is often needlessly convoluted but ultimately satisfying due to the dearth of screen talent involved. Interestingly the famous torture scene comes off as -meh- in the days of post-splatterhouse gore. It was interesting, too, to see again the world just prior to the internet explosion.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


What begins as a taut, intriguing thriller soon becomes too complicated and desperate to defy our suspension of disbelief (as with a ridiculous shootout at a country house), and it is only worth it for Olivier's wicked villain and a fantastic scene in the New York diamond district.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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An original though flawed story of a student (Dustin Hoffman) who gets involved in a sinister plot involving diamonds and a sadistic Nazi (Laurence Olivier), who wants desperately to claim what he feels is his. This is a thriller inside and out, no questioning that, but the way the story is put together leaves a lot to be desired. There are tons of holes and the way the film ends is far from satisfying. Laurence Olivier turns in a terrifying performance as the dentist drilling psycho, while Hoffman, Roy Scheider, and William Devane all give admirable performances. Director John Schlesinger has a dark, nihilistic viewpoint of New York City, and there are certain scenes in which this disturbing landscape adds a lot to the story. Sadly, his story needed more closure and less melodramatic acts to come across as completely convincing and worthwhile.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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