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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? ()


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The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 24 nominations.
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Gloria
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Robert
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Alice
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Rocky
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Sailor
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Ruby
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Rollo
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James
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Turkey
Robert Fields ...
Joel
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Cecil
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Shirl
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Mrs. Laydon
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Jackie
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Mario
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Max (as Arthur Metrano)
Gail Billings ...
Lillian
Lynn Willis ...
Coley James
Maxine Greene ...
Agnes
Mary Gregory ...
Nurse
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College Boy
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Jiggs
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Doctor
Tom McFadden ...
Second Trainer
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First Trainer
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Male Dancer #74 (uncredited)
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Time Study Man (uncredited)
Hugh Bell ...
Band Member (uncredited)
Ronnie Bright ...
Band Member (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ...
Marathon Spectator (uncredited)
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Band Member (uncredited)
Hadley Caliman ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Marathon contestant denied entry (uncredited)
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Band Member (uncredited)
Thurman Green ...
Band Member (uncredited)
Joe Harris ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Dancer #75 (uncredited)
Bobby Hutcherson ...
Band Leader (uncredited)
Ike Isaacs ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Marathon Worker (uncredited)
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Dance Marathon Spectator (uncredited)
Peggy Adams Laird ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Marathon Spectator (uncredited)
Harold Land ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Marathon Spectator (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Marathon Dancer (uncredited)
Flower Parry ...
Marathon Spectator (uncredited)
Les Robertson ...
Band Member (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ...
Marathon Spectator (uncredited)
Sheela Tessler ...
Marathon Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sydney Pollack

Written by

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Horace McCoy ... (novel "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?")
 
James Poe ... (screenplay) and
Robert E. Thompson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robert Chartoff ... producer
Johnny Green ... associate producer (as John Green)
Theodore B. Sills ... executive producer
Irwin Winkler ... producer

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Johnny Green ... (as John Green)

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Philip H. Lathrop ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Fredric Steinkamp

Editorial Department

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Don Guidice ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster
James Martell ... (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... (uncredited)

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Harry Horner

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Frank R. McKelvy ... (as Frank McKelvey)

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Donfeld ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist: Miss Fonda (as Sidney Guilaroff)
Frank McCoy ... makeup artist
Ina Claire ... hair stylist: Miss York (uncredited)
Shirley Gilbert ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Carla Hadley ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Maggie O'Connor ... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Sherry Wilson ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Edward Woehler ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Al Jennings ... assistant director
Joel Chernoff ... second unit director (uncredited)
Charles Dismukes ... assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Guthrie ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ben L. Goldman ... property master
Mort Rabinowitz ... production illustrator
Danny Beneducci ... props (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Norval D. Crutcher ... sound effects editor (as Norval Crutcher)
Tom Overton ... sound
Ora Hudson ... boom operator (uncredited)
Brandon Kellogg ... recordist (uncredited)
Tex Rudloff ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Blondie Anderson ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Chad Evans ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Duke Callaghan ... camera operator (as Duke Callahan)
William Classen ... grip (uncredited)
Richard Doran ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff King ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Craig Novak ... grip (uncredited)
Art Say ... stills (uncredited)
Barry Wexler ... grip (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)
Lee Wilson ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael J. Harte ... costumer: man (as Mike Harte)
Mina Mittelman ... costumer: woman (as Mina Mittleman)
Vou Lee Giokaris ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Violet B. Martin ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Thalia Phillips ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bob Scott ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joe Somaruga ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ronald Wind ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Johnny Green ... orchestral arrangements (as John Green)
Harry King ... music editor
Randy Rayburn ... music coordinator
Albert Woodbury ... orchestral arrangements
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Herbert DuFine ... dialogue coach (as Herb Dufine)
Mort Heilig ... production executive (as Morty Heilig)
Phill Norman ... titles
Tom Panko ... marathon dancers supervisor
Emily Torchia ... unit publicist
Joyce Webb ... script supervisor
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Gloria is a young woman of the Depression. She has aged beyond her years and feels her life is hopeless, having been cheated and betrayed many times in her past. While recovering from a suicide attempt, she gets the idea from a movie magazine to head for Hollywood to make it as an actress. Robert is a desperate Hollywood citizen trying to become a director, never doubting he'll make it. Robert and Gloria meet and decide to enter a dance marathon, one of the crazes of the 1930's. The grueling dancing takes its toll on Gloria's already weakened spirit, and she tells Robert that she'd be better off dead, that her life is hopeless - all the while acting cruelly and bitterly, alienating those around her, trying to convince him to shoot her and put her out of her misery. After all, they shoot horses, don't they? Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As
  • On achève bien les chevaux (France)
  • Danzad, danzad, malditos (Spain)
  • Baile de ilusiones (Mexico)
  • När man skjuter hästar så... (Sweden)
  • De skyter jo hester, ikke sant? (Norway)
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  • 129 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Holds the record for the movie with the most Academy Award nominations without a nomination for Best Picture: 9. See more »
Goofs When Sailor (Red Buttons) is passed out, two referees take his pants off him to dunk him into a tub of ice water; Buttons lifts up his hips so they can easily remove his pants. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Moviemakers (1969). See more »
Soundtracks Easy Come, Easy Go See more »
Quotes Gloria Beatty: Maybe it's just the whole world is like central casting. They got it all rigged before you ever show up.
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