When his CIA agent brother (Roy Scheider) is killed, graduate student Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman) finds himself trapped in a deadly game with a Nazi fugitive (Laurence Olivier), a sadist who uses dental instruments as tools of torture in this Oscar-nominated film based on William Goldman's novel. As Levy turns from pacifist to street-smart cynic, director John Schlesinger's thriller barrels toward its fever-pitched conclusion.
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- John Schlesinger
- 1977 BAFTA®
- Best Actor nominee: Dustin Hoffman
- 1977 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Top 100 Thrills
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- 1977 Academy Award®
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: Laurence Olivier
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Closed captionedLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 English: Dolby Digital Mono French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; cast and crew information; making-of featurette; rehearsal footage
Common Sense Note
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.
- Sexual Content
- Nude sex scene.
- Bloody shootings, strangling, knifings, fistfights, graphic torture, car chases, etc.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The main character stands up to a Nazi criminal, but does so in a violent and unlawful manner.
- The action is motivated by characters' desire for jewels.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Casual drinking of alcohol.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it