Marathon Man

1976 R 2h 6m DVD

Marathon Man

1976 R 2h 6m DVD
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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.
Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Fritz Weaver, Richard Bright, Marc Lawrence, Allen Joseph, Tito Goya, Lou Gilbert, Jacques Marin
John Schlesinger
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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