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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:
One of the best thrillers ever made 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)
 
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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:
The movie's line "Is it safe?" was voted as the #70 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).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:
Christian Szell:I was in a state of hysteria, you know.
[referring to the open suitcase filled with diamonds]
Christian Szell:Don't you want to take a closer look than that?
Babe:No!
Christian Szell:You see, uh, in a sense, one becomes more emotional with age. First, after a lifetime of being taken by friends and enemies alike, and then just when you think you have your possessions sure, your health begins to go.
[laughs]
Christian Szell:Of course, that's the ultimate theft!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.14" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dors, o cité oerverseSee more »

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72 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
One of the best thrillers ever made, 30 August 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Marathon Man starts off rather slowly, and for the first hour at least, it feels as if you're watching a human drama rather than a thriller. However, unlike a lot of thrillers; Marathon Man uses this time to create characters and establish the situation, which ultimately pays off later on in the film when the movie really gets going. When the film does step on the gas, it is as thrilling as any thriller you will ever see; Dustin Hoffman is subjected to all sorts of things, most notably an excruciating torture sequence. This scene is powerful and painful on it's own, but it is made more so by the fact that we have already gotten to know the character and therefore we feel sympathy for him, as well as cringing at the images we see on screen. That scene alone is enough to propel the movie in the realms of greatness, as it is simply one of the most powerful that cinema has ever given us; but this movie is a hell of a lot more than just a torture sequence.

The plot revolves around a car crash that takes place in downtown New York. One of the men in this crash is the brother of the infamous Nazi war criminal, Szell, who has some diamonds hidden in a safety deposit box. From then on, many members of a US defence organisation, known as "The Division", begin turning up dead and soon after, Thomas Levy, a college student, obsessive runner and the brother of one of The Division's members, becomes embroiled in the plot. It is easy to see the parallels between the plot movie and World War 2, from the withered ex-Nazi (indicative of the state of the actual regime), to his enemies being American; the movie has world war 2 written all over it. The film is excellently directed throughout by John Schlesinger. Schlesinger, probably best known for "Midnight Cowboy" does a fantastic job of keeping the audience on the edge of their seat for the duration of the movie. A constant foreboding feel is created, and you're never truly sure of what will happen. This is exactly what you want in a thriller, as nobody likes it when they can predict what will happen next.

Dustin Hoffman takes the lead role of Thomas Levy. Dustin Hoffman is a fantastic actor, and he certainly gets to flex his acting muscles here, in a film which sees him go through all manner of unpleasant scenes and also hold up lots of relationships with various characters, as well as drawing sympathy from the audience to accent his situation. Roy Scheider (of Jaws fame) stars opposite Dustin Hoffman in the movie. Scheider doesn't get a great deal of screentime in the film, but he still manages to do good things with the time he does have. The third lead role, that of the Nazi war criminal, is taken by Lawrence Olivier, who is also a fantastic actor and gives a great performance in this film. He gives his character just the right atmosphere, and we can tell just by looking at the man that he is cold and uncaring, and also past it; which is the crux of his character.

The film ends with a spectacular sequence, which sees the movie and the two centrals characters come to a satisfying conclusion. The characters are the central theme in this movie, and had the movie have ended differently it could have unravelled everything that it had created, but the movie's end is absolutely perfect and does the entire movie justice. A brilliant piece of cinema.

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