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Marathon Man (1976)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Babe
... Szell
... Doc
... Janeway
... Elsa
... Professor Biesenthal
... Karl
... Erhard
... Babe's Father
Tito Goya ... Melendez
Ben Dova ... Szell's Brother
Lou Gilbert ... Rosenbaum
... LeClerc
James Wing Woo ... Chen
Nicole Deslauriers ... Nicole
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Tom Levy, who is nicknamed Babe by his older brother Henry Levy, an oil executive who in turn is nicknamed Doc by Tom, is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Columbia University. He is also training to run a marathon. Tom is paying homage to his deceased father, H.B. Levy, in pursuing the same studies as him, his father who committed suicide while being under investigation solely for being a Jew. Tom's work doesn't sit well with Doc who wants Tom to move on with his life. While at Columbia, Tom meets and begins to date Elsa Opel, a foreign exchange student also in History. While out for a walk in Central Park late one day, Tom and Elsa are mugged, the unusual aspect of it being that their attackers were men in suits. Tom will learn that the mugging was not a random attack after someone close to Tom is found murdered, the deceased who was not who he purported to be. From here, Tom is thrown into an international plot concerning a WWII Nazi named Christian Szell in hiding, and a large cache... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Innocent Man. Hunted Man. Dangerous Man. Marathon Man. See more »

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Release Date:

8 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,709,020
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the last day of shooting, Laurence Olivier visited Dustin Hoffman at his home, bringing with him "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" as a gift. He then proceeded to read scenes from several of the plays, much to Hoffman's delight. The actor credits the story about his conflict with Olivier to general malice on the part of writer William Goldman, who did not take kindly to the fact that Hoffman had persuaded director John Schlesinger to change the ending of Goldman's book. See more »

Goofs

During one shooting scene, government agent Janeway (William Devane) is firing his revolver with his left hand. However, throughout the rest of the movie, including other shooting scenes, he uses his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Janeway: Szell's brother's been killed in Manhattan. An accident with an oil truck.
Doc: Oh, boy. Any changes?
Janeway: Only everything.
Doc: They're getting all the couriers.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits scroll with Babe's jogging route as a backdrop. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shades (1999) See more »

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Le Tram
Music by Charles Mougeot (as C. Mougeot)
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Please Pass The Novocaine
28 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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