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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:
The Emperor has no clothes. See more (150 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 .... music conducted by
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
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the novel, Doc meets one of his rivals as an assassin at Los Angeles International Airport, and the two talk. Doc realizes that all assassins such as himself eventually are killed and, indeed, the fellow assassin is soon murdered in an airport rest room. Doc nearly kills the men who did it, which shows his behavior is becoming erratic and he may too soon be terminated. The incident makes Doc realize that the one thing he wants in his life is to die in the company of someone who loves him, not in the sordid manner of his fellow assassin. This desire explains Doc's motivation of going to his brother Babe after being mortally wounded, an action which is misunderstood by Szell and Janeway. In the movie, Doc's near murder of the killers of his fellow assassin was filmed, but cut, which also likely eliminated the motivation of why Doc goes to Babe.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:
[after Szell tortures Babe by drilling into a healthy tooth, he still gets no information about Babe's brother, frustrating Szell]
Christian Szell:[yells] Erhardt!
[Erhardt steps into the "dental" room]
Christian Szell:He knew nothing. If he'd known, he would've told. Get rid of him!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dors, o cité oerverseSee more »

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53 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
The Emperor has no clothes., 4 October 2002
Author: quinnmass

Ok, I like Dustin Hoffman. I like Roy Scheider, and Lawrence Olivier was a great actor. Fine. The dentist scene is visceral and creepy and quite memorable. Fine. People I respect have said many positive things about William Goldman. OK.

Having said that, this movie rates HIGH on the Unintentional Comedy Scale. The plot is unthinkably, profoundly inane and laughable and nonsensical. I.N.A.N.E. Let me get this right, and I am quoting other commenters here, `a Columbia graduate student (Hoffman) unwittingly thrust into a game of deadly international intrigue when his brother (Scheider) is killed by a Nazi fugitive (Olivier) looking to smuggle a stash of diamonds he had left over from World War II after escaping justice' (virek213) and `Dustin Hoffman plays a marathon runner whose CIA brother is killed by an evil former nazi played by Laurence Olivier.' (Adam Morrison). You're kidding, right? Take out the words `Olivier' and `Hoffman' and we have the makings of a plot that doesn't even pass the laugh test.

Ask yourself, why is Hoffman's character involved? Because, ala Dr. Evil, Olivier stabs Scheider BUT DOESN'T KILL HIM. He just leaves. I mean, just slit the guy's throat. Come on. Even Scott Evil knows this. Just get a gun and shoot the dude. Oh, wait, I forgot, we have to leave him there, NOT QUITE DEAD, so that we can spend an enormous amount of complicated energy panicking about whether the guy we easily could have killed happened to say anything to anyone before he died. Brilliant. I mean, did any of you people think of this when you wrote your reviews? I am not making this up - there are POSITIVE reviews for this farce here.

Think this one through. I am an evil Nazi dentist. I decide to send a woman, a spy, to America, to seduce the brother of an American spy that I work with, so that I can. oh Jesus, I don't know. maybe if later and we're in a fantastical scenario where I need to kill the brother/find the brother, then she can - surprise - turn on him, since she will be the person he relies on, HE WILL BE COMPLETELY FOILED, and I will have succeeded! As part of this clever strategy, I send my goons (one of whom comically limps - where was the `BWAHAHAHAHA!'?, one of whom is Al Neri, on loan from Michael Corleone) to beat them up! Why? Who knows? Best not to ask!

I keep my diamonds in a bank in New York City. As the William Devane character says, `and now he's [Olivier] going to expose himself to incredible risk!' to come get the diamonds. Smart. Good plan. NYC. Good place to keep all my valuables, so if I ever need 'em, it will be INCREDIBLY RISKY to get 'em. But only risky because my brother, who had the key all along and could have just walked in there and gotten the diamonds at any time, ever, has just died because he could not overcome his evil irresistible impulse and ran into (I am not making this up) a gas truck, which exploded.

As for the scene at the house. I am just at a loss. I don't even know where to start. There are 5 people at the house, and 0 out of 5 of them behave with any logic. If you think from each of their standpoints what they are doing, and really try to puzzle it out, it's just nonsensical. I think the writers just decided, OK, everybody needs to be dead at the end of this scene, except for Hoffman. Then they tried to work backward and figure out how this whole shootout would actually play out, logically. Then they said, screw it, and went to lunch.

It's important, when you want to keep a low profile in an area where you could be recognized, and also you're an evil Nazi with a past, to bark at Jewish people in a screamy sort of ordering tone, so that you keep yourself disguised and don't jog any memories. And how many seconds before the woman who recognizes the Nazi gets run over by the car was it obvious that this clichéd movie convention was about to happen? For me, it was only about 8 seconds.

The closing scene is just laugh out loud funny. I mean, could it have been more awkward? Did that all take place so that our hero is not gunning someone down and is therefore morally able to claim the high ground? Nazi has to die, but hero can't just kill him. Isn't self-defense a little more standard of a movie convention that they could have gone with? He just trips on the steps and falls? Please. How lame is that? As lame as this whole moronic movie.

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