Marthon Man (1976) directed by John Schlesinger from a screenplay by William Goldman based upon his novel
Laurence Olivier as Christian Szell

Szell: Is it not remarkable? Simple oil of cloves and how amazing the results. Life can be that simple… relief… discomfort. Now, which of these I next apply, that decision is in your hands. So, take your time and tell me… is it safe?

3 Responses to “Marathon Man (1976)”

  1. Such a great scene in a smart and entertaining genre film. Olivier was totally convincing. It made the desperation of the Hoffman character he is torturing all the more palpable. And what a brilliant choice to make dentistry the proffered mechanism of pain and pain relief. Damn Craig, you continue your trend of hitting upon Quote of the Day series films that especially resonated with me over the years.

  2. What Sartre said!

  3. I’ve got your number Sartre!

    Perhaps it’s not coincidental that in the last month or so I’ve been focusing on favorites from my past and perhaps we have similar tastes in that regard.

    I have not exactly a dental phobia, but things involve teeth and trauma in movies never fails to freak me out and Marathon Man is pretty much the classic in that regard. The fact that he doesn’t actually KNOW anything just makes it worse.

    A solid example of a smart 70s thriller, the kind they just don’t seem to make anymore.

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