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1,329 Ratings

Marathon Man

Directed by John Schlesinger
United States, 1976
Drama, Thriller


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.

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Marathon Man Directed by John Schlesinger

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

BAFTA Awards

1977 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Writers Guild of America

1977 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1977 | Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture

1977 | 4 nominations including: Best Director - Motion Picture

What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Marathon Man

    Highly engaging thriller thanks to a nervy direction by Schlesinger and to the uniformly fine performances by a stellar cast. The shadow cast on NY by the Nazi war criminals who had escaped arrest is evocatively captured in the largely nocturnal scenes and in the claustrophobic depiction of space whether an apartment or a park. Hoffman's regress to terror takes place with clockwork precision and atmospheric awe.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Marathon Man

    A film for 'them' [Schlesinger's term for a commercial property to please a studio] is a crudely themed exploiter (P. Kael's apposite notion of a "Jewish revenge fantasy") lifted by an energetic eye for circumstantial detail but lacking the director's usual humanity (given the modus perhaps not to be expected). All this provides though is obfuscating decoration for something unbecoming and unpleasant in most respects

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Marathon Man

    3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Worth watching for John Schlesinger's direction and Conrad Hall's cinematography alone. Marathon Man is one of those great paranoid 70s thrillers that won't ever be seen again. Despite the story noticeably crumbling at a few points, I was legitimately creeped and/or freaked out at a few points. I really wish I saw this sooner.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Marathon Man

    It's a fun movie, no doubt, but it's not as amazing as people have made it out to be. The infamous dentist scene really isn't that terrifying; in fact I found the ending in the sewer plant to be more magnetic and tragic. The problem is it's obviously a thin script and a bunch of jumbled plot elements, but it shows. For a film that attempts something similar, but succeeds, check out De Palma's Blow Out.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Marathon Man

    It's fascinating watching the typical romantic and family relationship threads from the first half of the film come together in such a way that makes it masterfully tense and thus deeply entrenched into 70's political paranoia in the 2nd. Jumbled in themes, but it's pulled off with such confidence, even in the confusing moments, that its grip is simply beautiful. Many memorable scenes and the actors are all perfect.

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Marathon Man

    It isn't seen nearly enough anymore despite it being a small masterpiece and a classic from the end of the New Hollywood age. It has a special place in my heart for giving dentists a bad name. The scene in the chair is one of the most painful things I've ever seen.

  • animalcalls's rating of the film Marathon Man

    A masterful paranoid thriller that, as trite as it may sound, they just don't make like they used to. Beautiful composition and camerawork are a plus, as well.

  • A47's rating of the film Marathon Man

    Very well made. The acting, cinematography, direction -all great. However, the story is a bit broad and suffers from ambiguity. There are simply too many large issues exhibited. I love this era and this may be it's best example: melodrama, absurdity, neighborhoods, inner turmoil, race, love torn by modernity... but the cramped screenplay prohibits a lasting impression -there is too much flip flopping. What a movie!!!

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