DVD 125 mins IMDB 7.5 (7,529 votes)
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Marathon Man
Paramount Pictures (1976)
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Dustin Hoffman Thomas Babington Levy (Babe)
Laurence Olivier Dr. Christian Szell (Christopher Hess)
Roy Scheider Henry David Levy (Doc)
William Devane Peter Janeway
Marthe Keller Elsa Opel
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

Director John Schlesinger
Producer Sidney Beckerman; Robert Evans
Writer William Goldman
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Musician Michael Small
User Credit 1 Jim Clark
User Credit 2 Robert De Mora; Roland Meledandri

Doc Levy (Roy Scheider) is an American secret agent who has been running interference between the US government and escaped Nazi war criminal Szell (Laurence Olivier). Believing that Doc has stolen a valuable cache of gems, Szell emerges from his South American hiding place and heads for New York. He has Doc killed, then kidnaps Doc's in-the-dark brother Babe (Dustin Hoffman). Repeating the phrase "Is it safe?" over and over, Szell, a onetime concentration camp dentist, tries to extract information from Babe by performing sadistic "oral surgery" upon him. Babe, who still doesn't know about the gems, escapes, breaking his own self-imposed rule of nonviolence to defend himself against his pursuers. The fox becomes the hound when Babe overpowers Szell and forces the old man to swallow his valuable diamonds. Marathon Man traces Babe Levy's progression from pacifistic naif to cynical street-smart scrapper. — Hal Erickson

Edition Details
Barcode 097360878943
Region Region 1
Chapters 50
Release Date 8/13/2002
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 It isn't safe.
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Notes
Trivia: A story circulated for a long time that Dustin Hoffman (being a "method actor") stayed up all night to play a character who has stayed up all night. Arriving on the set, Laurence Olivier asked him why he looked they way he did. Hoffman told him, to which Olivier replied in jest: "Why not try acting? It's much easier." Dustin Hoffman repeatedly denied the story, and finally cleared up the story in 2004. The torture scene was filmed early in the morning, Hoffman was going through a divorce from his first wife and was depressed, and had spend the previous two nights partying hard. Hoffman told Olivier this and his comment related to his lifestyle and not his "method" style of acting. (more)

Goofs: Errors in geography: Dr. Szell is supposed to be living in Uruguay before going to New York. We see shots of what is supposed to be Uruguay which show people traveling in canoes through the jungle, but in Uruguay there is no jungle. (more)

Quotes:
Janeway: My name's Peter Janeway. But you can call me, Janey, all of my friends do.
Babe: I'm not your friend.
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Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations (more)