Archive for July, 2008

Marathon Man

July 13, 2008
Is it safe?

Is it safe?

Columbia University graduate student Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman) spends his spare time running in marathons, but soon finds himself running for his life when he unwittingly becomes entangled in an espionage plot involving fierce Nazi fugitive Szell (Sir Laurence Olivier).

This has got to be the tightest plotted thriller I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness. Watch for or avoid (it may not be safe to watch) the infamous torture sequence orchestrated by the sadistic Szell, and the adrenaline packed chase scene on the overpass.

Reunited with director John Schlesinger (MIDNIGHT COWBOY), Hoffman gives a powerful performance alongside Olivier and Roy Scheider. The screenplay is by William Goldman, based on his own novel.

As a thriller ‘Marathon Man’ is way ahead of the chasing pack, mostly due to a director and cast at the peak of their fitness.