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on 25 January 2016
Stick to Colgate and your own toothbrush. It's MUCH safer that way.
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on 9 January 2011
The film is essentially excellent as the other reviews have indicated. It loses a star because of cuts which were unnecessary and can add confusion. One particular cut is when "Babe" is on the run, he stops in a pharmacy to get oil of clove to ease the pain from his dental torture. Later, he is shown with a bottle of oil of clove which he uses then smashes...where did he get it? In the cut scene. On the other hand, the extras make up for this quibble.
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on 4 May 2016
Prompt service, Classic film with some good extras
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on 18 January 2015
This is a great film with some great performances
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on 1 January 2003
Marathon Man (1976) is a scary nightmare thriller, best known for the suspenseful pursuit scenes and a truly repellent scene of torture.
Doc Levy (Roy Scheider), an American secret agent, who is thought to have stolen a valuable cache of diamonds, is killed by evil ex-Nazi Szell (Laurence Olivier), an ex-concentration camp dentist by profession. Szell has come to New York to retrieve the fortune in diamonds. Szell kidnaps Doc's brother, a lone, idealistic Jewish graduate student Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman), who knows nothing about his brother's involvement.
In the most memorable torture scene, Szell uses his dental instruments for sadistic oral surgery to torture and extract information from Babe. Szell is the essence of evil and disturbingly effective during the torture, repeatedly asking Babe the question:
Is it safe?
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on 4 June 2012
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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on 25 September 2014
One of the Times top ten films good choice
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on 8 November 2015
First class service. Highly recommended.
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on 2 December 2014
As good as I remembered it. Is it safe?
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on 17 September 2015
Great film, good price, quick delivery
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