Marathon Man

views updated

Marathon Man ★★★ 1976 (R)

Nightmarish chase-thriller in which a graduate student becomes entangled in a plot involving a murderous Nazi fugitive. As student Hoffman is preparing for the Olympic marathon, he is reunited with his secret-agent brother, setting the intricate plot in motion. Courtesy of his brother, Hoffman becomes involved with Olivier, an old crazed Nazi seeking jewels taken from concentration camp victims. Nonstop action throughout, including a torture scene sure to set your teeth on edge. Goldman adapted the screenplay from his novel. 125m/C VHS, DVD . Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Marthe Keller, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Fritz Weaver, Richard Bright, Marc Lawrence; D: John Schlesinger; W: William Goldman; C: Conrad L. Hall; M: Michael Small. Golden Globes ‘77: Support. Actor (Olivier).