A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main character stands up to a Nazi criminal, but does so in a violent and unlawful manner.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody shootings, strangling, knifings, fistfights, graphic torture, car chases, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nude sex scene.
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Products & Purchases
The action is motivated by characters' desire for jewels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual drinking of alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an action film full of violence. Numerous fights take place with various weapons ranging from fists and razor wire to guns and knives. Many fights and standoffs end with characters dying in bloody and graphic ways. Tense scenes feature a character being tortured with dental equipment. A flashback sequence shows a young child discovering his father dead on the floor after having committed suicide. One nude sex scene takes place. Many characters use explicit language in anger and frustration. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Marathon Man has held up remarkably well in its ability to create suspense. Dustin Hoffman turns in a great performance, making his character's change from sheepish to gutsy seem quite plausible. Other performances are good, most notably Laurence Olivier's turn as Szell, (possibly one of the most despicable screen villains of all time).
Legend has it that the dental torture scenes were too much for some audiences to handle. With that said, this is not a film for the squeamish, but for those who enjoy great thrillers, this is a rare treat.
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