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"Is it Safe?!"

Dustin Hoffman is in a world of hurt. He's being tortured by a crazed, Nazi dentist for no reason. And Roy Sheider's no help, he's already dead!

"Marathon Man" is a great movie. Made in 1976 by John Schlesinger, it is a creative, dark and suspenseful story set in bleak 1970's New York city and Paris. Dustin Hoffman is "Babe", a compulsive runner in New York, living an innocent life in his small apartment. Roy Scheider appears as his brother, and brings him no end of trouble, including the aforementioned torture at the hands of Lawrence Olivier, who plays the very evil "der Wiebe Engle", or "White Angel", a Nazi dentist from Auschwitz. Of course diamonds are also involved, and FBI intrigue, and murder.

Within this fairly standard international drama is some really innovative film-making, and some very effective tension building, topped off by the occasional really shocking scene! The look of the film is uncomfortable and bleak.…