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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 hi ding place and heads for New York. He has Doc killed, then kidnaps Doc's in-the-dark brother Babe (Dustin Hoffman). Repeating the ph rase "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 nonvio lence 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.]]>
This contemporary looking classic if filled with action and suspense and the undercurrents of espionage, double crossing & deception. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kytka Hilmar-Jezek
This is an excellent and iconic film. Great actors, Hoffman, Olivier, and Scheider, who give enthralling performances in a story about Nazis and international intrigue. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pen Name
I recall watching this thriller when I was a teenager. I liked it then and I still like it now. It is a "complex" thriller for sure and one has to pay close attention to it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leland
Great blast from the past, I had forgotten some of the twist and turns that made it so enthralling in the 70's.Published 5 months ago by Larry L.