Marathon Man
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Doc Levy (Roy Scheider) is an American secret agent who has been running interference between the U.S. 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 hiding place and heads for New York. He has Doc killed, then kidnaps Doc's in-the-dark brother, Babe (Dustin Hoffman). Repeating the phrase "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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schlesinger's stylish political thriller features Olivier as an old, nasty Nazi, in a splashy role that earned him Oscar nomination."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Needlessly complicated glossy thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although best-known for its infamous "Is it safe?" sequence, Marathon Man is a whole lot better than just one horrific scene."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"Decent thriller about purloined diamonds and nazi war criminals. The interrogation scene will make you cringe."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"First-rate thriller. Olivier is horrifying. A great movie."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Film's notorious torture scene means adults only."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"Scheider looks great as the well-dressed cool guy and Olivier turns in his most notoriously frightening performance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Teeth-clenching, white-knuckle thriller!"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
"Taught, scary and still lots of fun."
‑ James Hill,
"Stylish thriller with a classic Olivier performance"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"If this doesn't turn you against going to the dentist, nothing will. Terrifying, pulsating film w/Hoffman."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Do acidente de carro que abre a história ao confronto final em uma estação de esgoto, o filme jamais consegue ser convincente; e a única cena realmente eficaz do longa é aquela ambientada num bairro judeu."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Not sure this deserves to be a classic, but certainly a competently made thriller."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Armchair dentistry! Ouch!"
‑ John Venable,
"Marathon Man desperately yearns for acceptance among the canon of socially important, gritty, subversive 1970s 'New School' films."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
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