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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.

  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations.
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Thomas Babbington Levy aka Babe
Christian Szell
Doc Levy
Peter Janeway
Elsa Opel
Professor Biesenthal
Babe's Father
Tito Goya ...
Ben Dova ...
Klaus - Szell's Brother
Lou Gilbert ...
James Wing Woo ...
Nicole Deslauriers ...
Lotte Palfi Andor ...
Old Lady on 47th Street (as Lotta Andor-Palfi)
Street Gang
Church ...
Street Gang
Tricoche ...
Street Gang
Street Gang
Wilfredo Hernández ...
Street Gang (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Harry Goz ...
Jewelry Salesman
Michael Vale ...
Jewelry Salesman
Jewelry Salesman
Lee Steele ...
Jewelry Salesman
William Martel ...
Bank Guard
Glenn Robards ...
Ric Carrott ...
Daniel Nunez ...
Guard in Uruguay
Guard in Uruguay (as Tony Pena)
Chuy Franco ...
Guard in Uruguay
Billy Kearns ...
Tourist Couple
Sally Wilson ...
Tourist Couple
Tom Ellis ...
Television Announcer
Bryant Fraser ...
Young Photographer
George Dega ...
Hotel Valet
Gene Bori ...
French Doctor
Annette Claudier ...
Roger Etienne ...
Raymond Serra ...
Truck Driver (as Ray Serra)
John Garson ...
Charlott Thyssen ...
Estelle Omens ...
Lady in Bank
Jeff Palladini ...
Young Babe
Scott Price ...
Young Doc
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abebe Bikila ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
S.C. Dacy ...
Innocent Bystander (uncredited)
Mechanic (uncredited)
Irving Metzman ...
Accident Witness (uncredited)
Agent (uncredited)
N.J. Osrag ...
Accident Witness (uncredited)
Diamond District Patron (uncredited)
Louis Tanno ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Columbia Student (uncredited)
Central Park Jogger (uncredited)

Directed by

John Schlesinger

Written by

William Goldman ... (screenplay)
William Goldman ... (from: his novel)

Produced by

Sidney Beckerman ... producer
Robert Evans ... producer
George Justin ... associate producer

Music by

Michael Small

Cinematography by

Conrad L. Hall ... director of photography (as Conrad Hall)

Film Editing by

Jim Clark ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

Arthur Schmidt ... associate editor
Dennis Wooley ... assistant editor

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
Charles Ziarko ... first assistant director NYC scouting and prep only (uncredited)

Art Department

Bill MacSems ... property master
Guy Bushman ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (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 ... 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


Everett Creach ... stunt coordinator
Rock A. Walker ... stunt driver (uncredired)
Jerry Brutsche ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Rip Clark ... stunts (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
Mary Ellen Mark ... still photographer
Rick Martens ... gaffer (as Richard Martens)
Nick McLean ... camera operator
Robert Moore ... key grip (as Robert C. Moore)
Tom Prate ... grip
Peter Sorel ... stills
Arthur J. Boyle ... second company grip (uncredited)
Howard Ford ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Hagerty ... 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

Location Management

Jack Clements ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Patrick Moore ... music editor
Michael Small ... conductor
Israel Baker ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano ... musician (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano and keyboards (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Ian Underwood ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Nicholas Sgarro ... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)
Karen Hale Wookey ... script supervisor (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
Arlene Albertson ... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Archer ... production: studio (uncredited)
Martin Brown ... craft service (uncredited)
Cathy Chazan ... secretary to executive producer (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... stand-in (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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Plot Summary

Thomas "Babe" Levy, whose brother Henry James "Doc" Levy is an oil business executive, is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Columbia University. He is also training as a marathon runner. Babe 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 in the Communist witch hunts. Babe's work does not sit well with Doc who wants Babe to move on with his life. While at Columbia, Babe meets and begins to date Elsa Opel, a foreign exchange student also in History. While out for a walk in Central Park late one night, Babe and Elsa are mugged, the unusual aspect of it being that their attackers were men in suits. Babe will learn that the mugging was not a random attack after someone close to Babe is found murdered, the deceased who was not who he purported to be. From here, Babe is thrown into an international conspiracy concerning Nazi war criminal Christian Szell in hiding, and a large cache of diamonds. In the process, Babe learns that Szell's associates are after him believing that he was passed sensitive information by the deceased before his death. Not knowing anything about what's going on, Babe has to decide who he can and cannot trust while he works to find out what's going on. In Babe discovering what's happening around him, his issue with Szell becomes personal. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A thriller. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Der Marathon-Mann (Germany)
  • El hombre de maratón (Spain)
  • Maratona da Morte (Brazil)
  • Il maratoneta (Italy)
  • Maratón de la muerte (Mexico)
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  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,500,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $2,184,773

Did You Know?

Trivia Producer Robert Evans was set upon getting Sir Laurence Olivier to play the role of Dr. Szell. However, because Olivier at the time was riddled with cancer, he was uninsurable, so Paramount Pictures refused to use him. Desperate, Evans called his friends Merle Oberon and David Niven to arrange a meeting with the House of Lords (the upper body of the British parliament). There, he urged them to put pressure on Lloyd's of London to insure Britain's greatest living actor. The ploy succeeded, and a frail Olivier started working on this movie. In the end, not only did he net an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, but his cancer also went into remission. Olivier lived on for another thirteen years. See more »
Goofs Szell's brother and Rosenbaum crash their cars into a fuel oil tanker truck, which explodes and then covers the street with a flaming oil spill. Although flammable, especially when sprayed or vaporized, home heating oil is not explosive in the manner depicted. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Tokyo Olympiad (1965). See more »
Soundtracks Dors, o cité oerverse See more »
Crazy Credits The ending credits scroll with Babe's jogging route as a backdrop. See more »
Quotes Christian Szell: Is it safe?... Is it safe?
Babe: You're talking to me?
Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: Is what safe?
Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: I don't know what you mean. I can't tell you something's safe or not, unless I know specifically what you're talking about.
Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: Tell me what the "it" refers to.
Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it.
Christian Szell: Is it safe?
Babe: No. It's not safe, it's... very dangerous, be careful.
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