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Marathon Man [VHS]

Dustin Hoffman , Laurence Olivier , John Schlesinger    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: William Goldman
  • Producers: George Justin, Robert Evans, Sidney Beckerman
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Jan 1996
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJIJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thriller starring Dustin Hoffman. Graduate student and marathon runner Babe Levy (Hoffman) finds himself thrown into a dangerous new world when Doc (Roy Scheider), his secret agent brother, is killed by the Nazi war criminal Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier). Szell has come to the US in search of a cache of diamonds stolen from Jewish concentration camp victims, and after he fails to get what he wants from Doc, he turns to Babe, convinced that the student must know the whereabouts of the jewels. In fact, Babe knows nothing about stolen diamonds, secret agents or villainous ex-Nazis - but he must learn fast if he's going to stay alive.

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John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) directed this gripping, entertaining 1977 thriller that centres on graduate student Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Tootsie). Hoffman plays a sullen and cowardly loner haunted by the suicide of his father, a suspected communist. He is drawn into a murky web of international intrigue when his brother, CIA agent Doc Levy, played by Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection), is murdered by a former Nazi (Laurence Olivier) who has come to the United States to reclaim a valuable stash of diamonds. Babe (Hoffman) must confront his fears of the past as he runs for his life and tries to avenge his brother's death at the same time. Featuring a classic torture sequence and a terrific cast that includes William Devane and Marthe Keller, Marathon Man written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men) stands as a great entertainment and as one of the seminal films of the 1970s. --Robert Lane

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The terror among us! 4 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
What an incredible film!
This starts off as a slow simple everyday scene in New York which after a chain of events builds into a plot involving ex-Nazi war criminals, diamond-smuggling, anti-Semitic feeling, and a fast-paced chase leading to its inevitable bloody climax!
The gripping storyline had me hooked from the outset.
Ex-Nazi Szell, played by Olivier, has come out of hiding in Brazil to retrieve his diamonds. Hoffman's brother, played by Roy Scheider (fresh from "Jaws" fame), works for the Secret Service tracking Szell who is believed to have stolen the diamonds. After a double-cross which he witnesses (don't want to give too much away here!) Hoffman's life is in danger and he desperately tries to avoid Szell and his henchmen's clutches...
The entire cast are on top form.
Dustin Hoffman plays a convincing student and went for days without sleep to prepare himself for certain scenes like the dental torture scene (hence the immortal line from Olivier "why don't you try acting, dear?" when Hoffman asked him for advice).
And although Olivier was battling with gout and cancer during the entire shoot, he comes up with one of the performances of his career, horribly convincing as the sadistic Nazi Szell.
Marthe Keller, the Swiss model whose film debut was in Marathon Man, also impressed, especially as she spoke virtually no English as filming began!
The pace of the film also puts you on the edge of your seat (you're never sure who to trust), and although things start off calmly, it builds and builds into a brutal film, with a handful of shockingly violent and unexpected scenes. The most famous dental torture scene has been described in detail, which really is squirm-inducing, certainly one of the most terrifying scenes in cinema history.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marathon man 22 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
This is the same DVD as the 2002 release but with a card outer slip case and a six page booklet. Great movie but I'm not sure it's worth the extra money for two bits of card.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Man Blu-Ray 4 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Let's review the blu-ray 1st off their are no special features on the disc which 1 reviewer mentioned.

Sound quality is 5.1 dts hd master audio the film is presented in 1.78;1 aspect ratio according to imdb the movies original aspect ratio is 1.85:1 so i don't know why that wasn't used for the blu-ray release.

Pq is a mixed bag as it is clearer than the dvd but has heavy grain and a soft picture so not a stunning hd picture but i think that is just the way marathon man was shot although i think the film deserves a 4k remaster.

The release deserved better overall if you are a fan of the movie i would reccomend the disc.

Also take note Warner Bros in the USA are releasing this film on blu ray in september so you might want to hold back and see if that release is any better to my knowledge warner bros titles are always region free.

Update i can confirm that the US region free warner disc uses the same master as this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch for entertainment! 4 Oct 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not bad at all! Really gets You to squirm when the drilling begins! You have to admit it,You do not get many films like this today!
Hoffman is an excellent actor in this film,and he is one guy that that idiotic Nazi should never have crossed!
If You want something different,get this film-just hope Your dentist is not the same as the gut in the film!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OLIVIER EVIL INCARNATE. 1 Dec 2013
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An excellent thriller with Laurence Olivier on top form, Dustin Hoffman plays second fiddle but gives a solid performance. The supporting cast give a good account of themselves and with good production values this is a must see.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Marathon Man (1976) is an odd, adapted conspiracy thriller in which "the Division" (a US government intelligence agency) is engaged in a plot by a Nazi war criminal (Szell) played by Laurence Olivier to reclaim his precious diamonds in a secret briefcase which can only be opened by a special key.

You need to pay attention to the first 3 minutes of the film because if you miss it then you will miss the briefcase which is the subject of the film's fuss. The plot is fairly complex. The role that a marathon-loving graduate finds himself in (played by Dustin Hoffman) is an odd one but one brought about by a cartoony desire to get to the truth and familial circumstances (his brother played by Roy Schneider is involved in the plot).

Much can't be given away without spoiling the plot. This is a cleverly thought-out conspiracy and we learn the value of physical strength in torture, pain of history, and there is a spiel on whether "it is safe" - the "it" may refer to the diamonds or some other more substantial Nazi secret. Double-crossing is rife in the film. Of course, there are some great actors in this film (Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Schneider, William Devane). The issues for me were that, for all it's cleverness, the way this graduate gets involved is very cartoony, the ending is Olivier-iconic but a bit too cartoony (as is Szell), the scoring is a little perplexing and therefore there isn't any suspense in the film but more mystery and torture-porn.

Special features include a making of documentary. There is only one disc in this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the Times top ten films good choice
Published 26 days ago by Steven Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars Youll never go to the Dentist again???
Although quite slow moving this really is a cracking thriller made way back in the 70s.Laurence Olivier is sinister as the nasty natsy trying to get his hands on wartime... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
That's great man ta
Published 1 month ago by vogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Buena historia sobre los malditos nazis, good
Published 2 months ago by Marcelo Mourgues
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff. Hoffman at his best
I really winced when the evil Sir Olivier was doing dentistry on Hoffman, trying to glean information from him. Read more
Published 6 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Dustin at his best
Great move to watch, its a classic ( is it safe) Laurence Olivier is excellent also keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Published 7 months ago by mariee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great story and film, seen it lots of times and it's still worth watching,

Doesn't shock you anymore, as we all know what happened in world war 2!!
Published 8 months ago by Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars Marathon
James Stewart just can't take the feelgood aspect of cinema too far. He took us all there with "It's a Wonderful Life" and Harvey is yet another where you are left with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Man DVD
One of my all time favourite films, very hard to get second hand at Cex and other Sellers, I tried for 2 months with no joy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR A J STANLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Don't make them like this anymore. Dustin and Oliver just brilliant , a must for seventies film lovers, (not suitable for kids).
Published 12 months ago by Maltese Tony
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