Marathon Man (1976) Poster



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Edited from 

Tokyo Olympiad (1965)
The footage of Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila seen during the opening credits is taken from this documentary

Edited into 


1984 (1956)
Little Big Man (1970)
reference to Dustin Hoffman and oil of cloves

Referenced in 

The Jeffersons: Marathon Men (1980) (TV Episode)
title reference
King Solomon's Mines (1985)
Same diamonds eating scene
St. Elsewhere: You Again? (1987) (TV Episode)
As he is about to drill a hole into one of Fiscus' teeth, Mark Dolson asks him if he has ever seen Marathon Man (1976).
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Dan Aykroyd/Bobby Kelton/Helen Shaver (1987) (TV Episode)
Helen Shaver mentions John Schlesinger's earlier movie
Freddy's Nightmares: No More Mr. Nice Guy (1988) (TV Episode)
A man is victim of dental torture.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #1.10 (1988) (TV Episode)
Title referenced when Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier are impersonated.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Both films contain German spies called Elsa that pretend to be from a different country
At the Movies: Licence to Kill/Peter Pan/When Harry Met Sally (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the tribute to Laurence Olivier.
That's Showbusiness: Holiday Special (1989) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and picture shown.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sidehackers (1990) (TV Episode)
Servo: Is it safe?
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
When Phoebe and Henry invite Kimble to their wedding, he responds: "Is it safe?"
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Now rinse, please. Is it safe?"
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/James Taylor (1991) (TV Episode)
Anecdote told in 'Theatre Stories'
The Secrets of Dick Smith (1991) (TV Short)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Is it safe?"
Northern Exposure: Nothing's Perfect (1992) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned. One of the movies in Ed's VHS collection.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Is it safe?"
Drop the Dead Donkey: Henry's Lost Love (1993) (TV Episode)
George says that his dentist asked whether he had seen the film.
Law & Order: Volunteers (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced by the arraignment judge
Animaniacs: Critical Condition/The Three Muska-Warners (1993) (TV Episode)
Yakko (as Szell) asks, "Is it safe?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "This is just like 'Marathon Man.'"
Serial Mom (1994)
When Ralph Sterner is being treated by Eugene Sutphin, he says to his wife: "Help me, Betty. He's worse than the dentist in 'Marathon Man'".
The Critic: Marathon Mensch (1994) (TV Episode)
title of episode alludes to title of the film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Is it safe?"
The Bitch Is Back (1995) (Short)
Doll quotes "is it safe?" line.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tom during the closing credits of "Laserblast."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Agent for H.A.R.M. (1997) (TV Episode)
Inspector Gadget in Marathon Man
K (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) (TV Episode)
"Is it safe?"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Revelations (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the dialogue: "The emotional Marathon Man?"
Cowboy Bebop: Ballad of Fallen Angels (1998) (TV Episode)
Fay is seated next to someone whom she discovers has had their throat slit, similar to a scene involving Roy Scheider's character in this film.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin (1998) (TV Special)
Anecdote recounted in 'Theatre Stories'
Beverly Hills, 90210: Marathon Man (1998) (TV Episode)
title reference
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers (1998) (Video)
During Theater Stories, a Maraton man anecdote comes up
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Squirm (1999) (TV Episode)
"Letters from Der Weisse Engel."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) (TV Episode)
Servo: (a cat is being force fed) Meow meow safe. Meow meow very safe.
Shades (1999)
A character refers to this movie.
Chasing Destiny (2001) (TV Movie)
Ca. 81 min into the film Winston references the old film in dialog with Bobby.
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) (Video Game)
Name of movie is one of the bonuses
Monk: Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Gilmore Girls: Eight O'Clock at the Oasis (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai mentions this movie.
Home Movies: Time to Pay the Price (2002) (TV Episode)
Is mentioned in dialogue
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Kid Notorious: The Nazi Party (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kid on the telephone.
A Day in Hell: On the Set of 'Jeepers Creepers II' (2003) (Video)
this is mentionned by the director at one point
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is listed in a magazine.
The Year of the Tick (2004)
Early in the movie, Morgan mentions the title of this film.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Right after Laurence Olivier is seen as Totenkopf in a holographic projection, Sky Captain asks Dex the famous line, "Is it safe?" about the booby-trapped doorway.
Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV Movie)
The DVD-cover is visible a couple of times in a video store
Hope & Faith: Love & Teeth (2005) (TV Episode)
Faith says that if she lets Charley treat her, it will be like the movie.
Dream Team: Marathon Man (2005) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.78 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Movie Quotes" category
Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist (2006) (TV Episode)
Dr. Bloom tells Monk he's going to "live" the film Marathon Man. Also, his question to Monk, whether a certain person is under surveillance by the police, echoes the villain's line "Is it safe?" from Marathon Man, asking whether the bank where the villain's stolen diamonds are kept is being watched.
Good Eats: Olive Me (2006) (TV Episode)
Dentist is named "Szell"
The Holiday (2006)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007)
The scene in which Dennis' friend pays the taxi fare with his rolex
The Spirit (2008)
"Dental and nazi" while the main character is strapped to a chair.
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Predator (2009) (TV Episode)
Orion, referring to the Intersect, asks Chuck: "Is it safe?"
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
the water treatment plant scene mirrors the waterfall scene
Neighbor (2009)
Quotes the film.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.14 (2009) (TV Episode)
Alex Trebek mentions the film in relation to an $800 clue in the category "I Read It in a Book Once"
NCIS: Masquerade (2010) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo says: "Ever since Marathon Man (1976) I always vote for the dentist."
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.113 (2010) (TV Episode)
Reference to the line "Is it safe?" in a $600 clue in the category "Permanently at Westminster Abbey"
NCIS: Rule Fifty-One (2010) (TV Episode)
Alejandro 'rescues' Gibbs from the cartel and talks about Abby's report, only to reveal he is working with the Cartel, just like Janeway does with Babe in the film.
Midsomer Murders: Blood on the Saddle (2010) (TV Episode)
optician Adam Burbage repeatedly asks Barnaby, "Is it safe?" as he examines him.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Debra Messing (2010) (TV Episode)
Debra Messing mentions this movie during interview
Supernatural: You Can't Handle the Truth (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dean
Castle: Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind (2010) (TV Episode)
Castle says, "Is this the part where you bring out the old Nazi with the dentist drill?"
Glee: Prom Queen (2011) (TV Episode)
dental torture scene
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Dustin Hoffman's role mentioned
Fringe: Five-Twenty-Ten (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Astrid
The Cinema Snob: 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
"I'll stick with Marathon Man, thank you very much."
Special Collector's Edition: Serpico (2013) (TV Episode)
Blu-ray release
Being Human: Lil' Smokie (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Cited by the Russo Brothers as an influence.
Californication: Dicks (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Children (2014) (Short)
Behavior of the German doctor.
The Bridge: The Acorn (2014) (TV Episode)
Enigmatic character Eleanor Nacht asks the question "is it safe?" a few times, with some ambiguity as to what she means
Shhhh (2014)
"Do you feel like Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man?"
Looking: Looking for Truth (2015) (TV Episode)
Before entering Patrick's room, Agustín asks: "Is it safe?"
No Solicitors (2015)
Sean references Marathon Man before drilling a victim's tongue
The Blacklist: Quon Zhang (No. 87) (2015) (TV Episode)
Red refers to the infamous "Is it safe?" Interrogation scene and name-checks William Devane.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Laurence Laurentz, repeatedly saying the line "would that it were so simple" to Hobie Doyle, to get the pronunciation right; like Szell (Laurence Olivier), repeatedly asking Babe "is it safe?", and remarking that he is a fanatic about spoken language.
Toni Lawrence: Back on the Menu (2016) (Video)
Cult Legends and Rising Stars: Cult Legends: Bokeem Woodbine (2016) (TV Episode)
Title and behind the scenes of that movie examined and mentioned.
Lights Out (2016)
Rebecca calls Bret Marathon Man.
The Punisher: Kandahar (2017) (TV Episode)
Title is referenced
Instant Dreams (2017)
Referenced in the movie.
The Venture Bros.: The Bellicose Proxy (2018) (TV Episode)
Roy Scheider in this movie mentioned by 21.
The Cinema Snob: Inchon (2019) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it.

Featured in 

The 51st Annual Academy Awards (1979) (TV Special)
Hollywood Remembers Dustin Hoffman (2000) (TV Movie)
trailer clip shown
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Dr. Szell is the #34 villain.
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments: Part II: 75-51 (2004) (TV Episode)
Number 66 on the list
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips from this film are featured in this documentry.
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009) (TV Movie)
clip with Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
cliip shown during Horror montage
The Hour: Episode #7.79 (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during "The Debrief".
Fry's Planet Word: The Power and the Glory (2011) (TV Episode)
Some scenes are shown
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
WatchMojo: Top 10 Serious Movie Interrogation Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Open Wide and Say Argh!! is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Nazis in Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Dr. Christian Szell is #5.
Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Scariest Scenes from Non-Horror Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Is it Safe? gets an honorable mention.

Spoofed in 

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
When the Daffy Gremlin is torturing Billy, he asks Billy "Is it safe?"
Hot Shots! (1991)
Doug: Doug's Hot Ticket/Doug's Dental Disaster (1992) (TV Episode)
The villain from the Smash Adams movie says, "Is it safe?" while dressed as a dentist.
Seinfeld: The Doorman (1995) (TV Episode)
The scene in which the female german tourist runs after Kramer screaming "Stop that man! It's him!"
Prehysteria! 3 (1995) (Video)
a man is tied up and another man asks him "Is it safe?" repeatedly
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Good Eats: Citizen Cane (2000) (TV Episode)
Dentist asks, "Is it safe?"
Clerks: Leonardo Leonardo Returns and Dante Has an Important Decision to Make (2001) (TV Episode)
Dante and Randal play a trick on a customer, repeating the "Is it safe?" line over and over.
The Potchki Chronicles (2001)
Spoofs the famous torture scene
Good Eats: Crustacean Nation III: Feeling Crabby (2003) (TV Episode)
Displaying a hook to be used to dig crabmeat out of the shell, Alton asks Dr. Szell's most disturbing question, "Is it safe?", then, "You remember... never mind."
Epistrofi ton katharmaton (2003) (Video)
spoof: features every line from Marathon Man!
Zombie Nation (2004)
a doctor (who looks and acts like Laurence Olivier's character) repeatedly asks "Is it safe?"
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #1.5 (2006) (TV Episode)
"Is it safe?" scene parodied in German "Nümberwang" sketch
Maple Palm (2006)
The character of Nicole playfully taunts Amy with the famous line "Is it safe?"
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Man in France on balcony in wheelchair sees man across the street on another balcony get attacked by figure appearing behind sheer curtain.
Emily Booth's GoreZone Magazine Movie Massacre (2010) (TV Series)
Emily recreates the is it safe sequence
Good Eats: Turn on the Dark (2012) (TV Episode)
Discussing the use of nitrous oxide in a whipped cream dispenser, Alton mentions that you might also have encountered it in your dentist's office and asks (in a German accent, over the sounds of a dentist's drill and a man screaming), "Is it safe?"

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