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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:
Please Pass The Novocaine See more (152 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
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although his proper first name is not listed in any of the film's credits, Dustin Hoffman's character "Babe" does speak his given name once: after his second torture session he sneaks into the building across the street and tells the person at the other end of the intercom "...it's Tom Levy, from across the street."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the diamond shop, the Auschwitz victim that Szell eventually slashes had his Auschwitz tattoo on the outside of his wrist. Auschwitz tattoos for Jewish inmates were generally on the forearm.See more »
Quotes:
Babe:Listen, I want you to rob my apartment.
Melendez:[laughs] Why?
Babe:There are some guys out there after me, I got a gun in my desk drawer, and I want you to get me some clothes.
Melendez:What's in there for me, man?
Babe:I got a TV set, I got a hi-fi, you can take it all. Do it.
Melendez:What's the catch?
Babe:The catch is it's dangerous. Please do it.
Melendez:That ain't the catch. It's the fun.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Potchki Chronicles (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Le TramSee more »

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64 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Please Pass The Novocaine, 28 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I have always found this to be a very entertaining, involving, taut suspense movie with some very dramatic scenes. I've seen in three times and liked it better each time, particularly since it's been available on DVD which enhanced the sound from mono to stereo, and the 1.85:1 widescreen enhancing the cinematography.

I didn't find the infamous (this was quite a buzz when the film came out) dentist scene to be as terrifying as it was made up to be and the references to the McCarthy hearings are a bit annoying and typical of Hollywood director John Scheslinger. It's also a typical modern-day film in which the U.S government's police agencies are corrupt (oh, puhleeze, filmmakers - think of something new).

However, despite those negatives, the film is fascinating with no dry spots despite its two-hour length. There is a nice variety of action scenes and very interesting characters. Marthe Keller never looked better. Too bad she didn't make more movies in the U.S. Dustin Hoffman, as he did so well in the '70s, keeps your attention and Laurence Olivier is absolutely riveting. This is a terrific thriller, start to finish.

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