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Marathon Man (1976)

A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allen Joseph ...
Babe's Father
Tito Goya ...
Ben Dova ...
Szell's Brother
Lou Gilbert ...
James Wing Woo ...
Nicole Deslauriers ...


Tom Levy, who is nicknamed Babe by his older brother Henry Levy, an oil executive who in turn is nicknamed Doc by Tom, is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Columbia University. He is also training to run a marathon. Tom is paying homage to his deceased father, H.B. Levy, in pursuing the same studies as him, his father who committed suicide while being under investigation solely for being a Jew. Tom's work doesn't sit well with Doc who wants Tom to move on with his life. While at Columbia, Tom meets and begins to date Elsa Opel, a foreign exchange student also in History. While out for a walk in Central Park late one day, Tom and Elsa are mugged, the unusual aspect of it being that their attackers were men in suits. Tom will learn that the mugging was not a random attack after someone close to Tom is found murdered, the deceased who was not who he purported to be. From here, Tom is thrown into an international plot concerning a WWII Nazi named Christian Szell in hiding, and a large cache... Written by Huggo

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One man's dangerous attempts to clear his father's name. See more »


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Release Date:

8 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Marathon-Mann  »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's line "Is it safe?" was voted as the #70 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »


Janeway fires his gun at one of Szell's men. It is later relieved they were blanks. However, the gun made an actual firing sound, not a sound effect like a blank would sound. See more »


Janeway: Listen, why don't we begin with what happened tonight, hmm? Perhaps you could... you know, give me some of the details.
Babe: I was here, Doc... died, you came.
Janeway: That's it?
Babe: I'm a demon for details.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits scroll with Babe's jogging route as a backdrop. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »


Dors, o cité oerverse
(from 'Hérodiade')
Music by Jules Massenet
Libretto by Paul Milliet (uncredited) and Henry Grémont (uncredited)
Sung by Joseph Rouleau, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra)
Conducted by John Matheson
Courtesy of London and Decca Records
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28 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Quite apart from the infamous torture scene, which I found extremely difficult to watch without howling in horror (actually that's a lie, I DID howl) this film is FULL of nervous tension that occasionally boils over - the way it's been done is masterful. The bouncing-ball scene in the darkened building should be utterly prosaic, but it really isn't - the way it's choreographed and shot brings such an air of menace and trepidation you'll be biting your nails off. There's much of a similar vein in 'Marathon Man', and although the storyline is sometimes almost buried through the relentless suffocating tension, it's extremely watchable (with a cushion to hide behind at certain points) and one of the greatest non-Hitchcock thrillers I've ever seen. Don't hesitate!

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