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Marathon Man -- Dustin Hoffman (Rainman) plays the likeable graduate student and marathon runner of the title, unwillingly trapped in a killing game of intrigue involving a Nazi fugitive, Christian Szell.

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Director:
Writers:
William Goldman (screenplay)
William Goldman (from: his novel)
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Release Date:
8 October 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A thriller. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Overrated And Unbelievable See more (157 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Babe

Laurence Olivier ... Szell

Roy Scheider ... Doc

William Devane ... Janeway

Marthe Keller ... Elsa

Fritz Weaver ... Professor Biesenthal
Richard Bright ... Karl

Marc Lawrence ... Erhard
Allen Joseph ... Babe's Father
Tito Goya ... Melendez
Ben Dova ... Szell's Brother
Lou Gilbert ... Rosenbaum
Jacques Marin ... LeClerc
James Wing Woo ... Chen
Nicole Deslauriers ... Nicole
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Old Lady on 47th Street (as Lotta Andor-Palfi)

Lionel Pina ... Street Gang
Church ... Street Gang
Tricoche ... Street Gang

Jaime Tirelli ... Street Gang
Wilfredo Hernández ... Street Gang (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Harry Goz ... Jewelry Salesman
Michael Vale ... Jewelry Salesman
Fred Stuthman ... Jewelry Salesman
Lee Steele ... Jewelry Salesman
William Martel ... Bank Guard
Glenn Robards ... Plainclothesman
Ric Carrott ... Plainclothesman

Alma Beltran ... Laundress
Daniel Núñez ... Guard in Uruguay (as Daniel Nunez)
Tony Pena ... Guard in Uruguay
Chuy Franco ... Guard in Uruguay
Billy Kearns ... Tourist Couple
Sally Wilson ... Tourist Couple
Tom Ellis ... T.V. Announcer
Bryant Fraser ... Young Photographer
George Dega ... Hotel Valet
Gene Bori ... French Doctor
Annette Claudier ... Nurse
Roger Etienne ... Headwaiter
Raymond Serra ... Truck Driver (as Ray Serra)
John Garson ... Bystander
Charlott Thyssen ... Bystander
Estelle Omens ... Bystander
Madge Kennedy ... Lady in Bank
Jeff Palladini ... Young Babe
Scott Price ... Young Doc
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abebe Bikila ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
S.C. Dacy ... Innocent Bystander (uncredited)

Shawn McAllister ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Irving Metzman ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Louis Tanno ... (uncredited)

Mark L. Taylor ... Columbia student (uncredited)

Treat Williams ... Central Park Jogger (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
 
Writing credits
William Goldman (screenplay)

William Goldman (from: his novel)

Produced by
Sidney Beckerman .... producer
Robert Evans .... producer
George Justin .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Small 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography) (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark (edited by)
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald  (as Richard MacDonald)
 
Art Direction by
Jack De Shields 
 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
 
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora (costumes)
Ann Roth (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... special makeup consultant
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Stephen F. Kesten .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Wally Samson .... production manager: studio features (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Everett Creach .... second unit director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
William Saint John .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bill MacSems .... property master
Guy Bushman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Mike Higelmire .... leadman (uncredited)
Gary Kudroff .... swing gang (uncredited)
Bill Parks .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David M. Ronne .... sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor
Fred Stafford .... sound editor (as Freddie Stafford)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
Robert Crosby .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard E. Johnson .... special effects
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Rock A. Walker .... stunt driver (uncredired)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... stills
Garrett Brown .... special photography
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
Charles Langham .... best boy
Rick Martens .... gaffer (as Richard Martens)
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Robert Moore .... key grip (as Robert C. Moore)
Peter Sorel .... stills
Arthur J. Boyle .... second company grip (uncredited)
Howard Ford .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bud Heller .... grip (uncredited)
Leslie J. Kovacs .... electrician (uncredited)
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
Sal Orefice .... electrician (uncredited)
Kenneth Sheehan .... grip (uncredited)
Buzz Warren .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Juliet Taylor .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roland Meledandri .... clothes: Roy Scheider
Robert M. Moore .... wardrobe
Bernie Pollack .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Arthur Schmidt .... associate editor
Dennis Wooley .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Patrick Moore .... music editor
Michael Small .... conductor
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano and keyboards (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Ian Underwood .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Kelly Aldrich .... driver: John Schlesinger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cathy Chazan .... assistant: Mr. Evans
Michael Childers .... assistant to producers
Mark Griffiths .... coordinator: AFI
Dan Perri .... title designer
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)
Arlene Albertson .... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Archer .... production: studio (uncredited)
Martin Brown .... craft service (uncredited)
Cathy Chazan .... secretary to executive producer (uncredited)
Jack Clements .... location manager (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich .... stand-in (uncredited)
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Barbara Kalish .... secretary to producers (uncredited)
Bobbie Leslie .... secretary to producers (uncredited)
Freeman Packard .... production: studio (uncredited)
Mary Peck .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Stephanie Pond-Smith .... secretary to producers (uncredited)
Paul Steinbaum .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
125 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1990) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1976) | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1977) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2013) | UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Dr. Christian Szell was ranked as villain #34 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains" list. The film itself was ranked #50 on the "100 Years...100 Thrills" list. The torture scene was named #65 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During one shooting scene, government agent Janeway (William Devane) is firing his revolver with his left hand. However, throughout the rest of the movie, including other shooting scenes, he uses his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Janeway:I don't think he knows anything. And I think he knows too much.
Christian Szell:You can afford to think what you wish. I can't.
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Soundtrack:
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Overrated And Unbelievable, 29 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

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The movie has great acting in it. A great set of lead actors; Scheider, Olivier and Hoffman. You would think it couldn't miss; the TV stations played it to death when I was growing up. As you age, the film shrinks in stature. It starts very slowly with the whole Babe's father being a victim of the Red Scare of the 50s which was much more contemporaneous in the 70s than today. It dates the film and makes it quite slow to modern audiences. The movie has plot holes you could drive a truck through. Doc, as professional as he is depicted, allowing Szell that close to him, come on? Then, after being gutted like a fish, he hikes miles to Babe's apartment, another, give me a break, I do not think so. The touted dental torture scene is quite silly; please, dentists can inflict such a small amount of pain compared to a doctor, it comes across as ham bone and overdone. Olivier does well at the kindly chatter as he prepares to torture Babe, the part is well done, but the actual amount of pain is silly and over the top. I know people that have root canals done without any pain medicine.

The escape of Babe with the long chase is so silly and ridiculous. Nobody owns a car? Nobody can get ahead of him on an overpass and shoot him when he gets there? It is a requisite to fulfill the title but please, re-title your movie if the cost of this title is a stupid, phony chase that never would have happened. Yes, Devane would have pursued him on foot for miles. Then Schlesinger weakens the Babe character by having a local gang of toughs humiliate him; later, Babe takes out several guys in the abandoned house like he is Dirty Harry. See what I mean? Really bad writing overcomes even great acting and makes the movie completely ridiculous. Marthe Keller stinks up this movie like she did Black Sunday. She was cast for her ease in doffing her duds but sorry, first: she cannot act, second: her accent is so thick nobody can tell what she is saying. When I saw this movie, people were laughing at her, the accent makes her sound like Donald Duck. Daniel comes out dwanol: What? She wrecks every scene she is in, she in unintelligible most of the time.

The director has gone to such pains to delineate Babe as an intellectual devoid of any physical or emotional strength that the ending with Szell is silly. Like Szell would do anything Babe told him to. He would have taken that gun away from him in two seconds. Do we remember who Szell is and what he has seen and done? This is the Achilles heel of the film; the complete phoniness of the narrative. Characters make huge lapses like Doc getting that close to Szell or Babe turning into Dirty Harry at the house. Great acting can overcome a lot of flaws but this is beyond the realm of suspension of disbelief. The movie has not aged well. It was held up in the 80s as a great masterpiece of suspense. I can barely give it a six. It is severely overrated with mush mouth Keller wrecking her scenes.

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