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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 »
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Solid (and Depressing) Thriller See more (156 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)

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 (music composed by)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Laurence Olivier took the role of Szell in part to leave a great deal of money to his wife and children, as he expected to die from the cancer that afflicted him throughout production. He performed the role while undergoing treatment for his cancer, which included heavy doses of painkillers to allow him to work every day. The pain medication affected his memory and at times the actor could not remember more than one or two of his lines at a time. In a testament to the actor's fierce concentration, his performance garnered rave reviews and an Oscar nomination and despite working under such aggressive medical treatment, the actor experienced a full recovery allowing him to enjoy the success of this film and a series of leading roles that followed.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the zoo Elsa incorrectly spells the French word phoque ("seal") as "foc".See more »
Quotes:
Christian Szell:[to Babe] I envy you your school days. Enjoy them fully. It's the last time in your life no one expects anything of you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Der NeugierigeSee more »

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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Solid (and Depressing) Thriller, 2 November 2006
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

1970s movies are so cynical, aren't they? Dark, depressing, and often grainy-looking and washed out. "Marathon Man" fits that description. It's good, of course - very good - but it's not exactly a good time. Know what I mean?

William Goldman, one of Hollywood's few celebrity screenwriters, wrote both the original novel and the script for this film version. I find him a bit overrated, but here he does a good job of elevating hack-level thriller material into a sort of art form. The beginning of the film is particularly well-written and intriguing, since it's full of creepy and cryptic events that are not immediately explained. But, alas, I find the ultimate explanation of these events to be rather prosaic and disappointing.

So, I think the movie's strengths lie in the acting and directing, more so than the story. Olivier and Scheider give particularly great performances, and Marthe Keller comes across as appropriately sweet and sexy (her big "secret," though, should be really easy for anyone to guess!) I'm a little less enamored of Dustin Hoffman, whose character is inexplicably nicknamed "Babe." He's just way too old to be a typical graduate student (almost forty years old, to be precise), and he simply doesn't have much charisma to me. Usually I like normal-looking, non-glamorous actors, but somehow Hoffman doesn't float my boat.

Still, it's hard not to sympathize with the poor guy while he's being pursued, beaten, tortured etc. The "dental horror" scene is still quite effective, though it's rather short; I was more impressed by the subsequent chase through the dark streets of NYC. (The city, by the way, looks like a hellish, crime-infested, debris-strewn pit in this movie - like it does in most 1970s productions!)

In the end, "Marathon Man" isn't quite another "French Connection," but it's got more than enough suspense to crush a lot of the dross that infests theaters today. It's worth watching just for the terrifying scene when the bad guys start tearing Hoffman's door off its hinges - it's good stuff.

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