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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Richard Bright ...
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In New York, the brother of an infamous Nazi war criminal is killed in a head-on collision with an oil truck. Shortly thereafter, members of a covert U.S. government group called the Division begin being murdered one by one. Meanwhile, graduate student and marathon runner Thomas "Babe" Levy researches history as his father, who committed suicide after the Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era ruined his reputation. When he sees his brother, one Division member, stabbed to death, it is revealed that Christian Szell, the White Angel of Auschwitz, is wrapping up loose ends to smuggle priceless diamonds from the United States. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Although the film takes place in New York City, at least two sequences were filmed in Los Angeles: the scene where Roy Scheider meets Laurence Olivier was filmed in front of the red steps statue in downtown Los Angeles in the Arco Plaza; and the library scene where Dustin Hoffman meets Marthe Keller was filmed at the Doheny Library on the University of Southern California campus. Coincidentally, Hoffman filmed scenes on the same campus nine years earlier in the landmark The Graduate (1967). See more »

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When Elsa and Babe are at the zoo, she says the French word for "penguin" is "pengwan" (approximating French pronunciation; it is actually closer to "manchot"). See more »

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Doc: [noticing Babe's homework] What's this, more bullshit for your thesis?
Babe: Those are some interviews about Dad. I'd like you to read them.
Doc: [dispassionately] Not interested.
Babe: Why not? I just want you to read them.
Doc: You're never gonna face it, are you? The old man is dead; he was a drunk, he killed himself.
Babe: Yeah, Doc, but he didn't start to drink until after the hearings.
Doc: You gotta be kidding me?
Babe: No, I got it from his friends.
Doc: Where were those people when you needed them?
Babe: They're were afraid like ...
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Schlock Flick Masquerading as a Prestige Picture
1 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The high ratings for Marathon Man are no doubt focused on the substantial talent assembled to pull it off, and they succeed as long as one dispenses with every expectation of logic or common sense. Schlesinger builds substantial suspense, and there are plenty of satisfying scenes, but the plotting and story points are ridiculous beyond measure. This might not be a problem if it were any other type of picture, but the progressive unfolding of an initial puzzle to a somewhat sensible (or at least rational) set of revelations is one of the hallmarks of the government intelligence thriller. The story here, however, is so thin that virtually nothing happens for the entire first half of the picture, and the second half is really nothing more than one long chase sequence. The biggest problem is that the central objective of the action is precipitated by a murder that, if contemplated for more than about twenty seconds, reveals itself to make absolutely no sense whatsoever. And the illogical story points are not just structural. There are numerous details throughout that are obviously (and, to my mind, condescendingly) designed as mere conveniences for the the action, regardless of how inane or inexplicable they may be. The veneer of star power and sophisticated production values did not--for this viewer, at any rate--successfully obfuscate the movie's considerable flaws.


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