Marathon Man

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Marathon Man
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Schlesinger
Release Date 1976
Language English
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Thomas 'Babe' Levy Dustin Hoffman
Dr. Christian Szell Laurence Olivier
Henry 'Doc' Levy Roy Scheider
Peter Janeway William Devane
Elsa Opel Marthe Keller
Professor Biesenthal Fritz Weaver
Karl Richard Bright
Erhard Marc Lawrence

Marathon Man is a 1976 American suspense-thriller. Directed by John Schlesinger (Eye for an Eye, Yanks) and adapted by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,The Hot Rock, Misery) from his novel of the same name. The movie starred Dustin Hoffman,Roy Scheider, William Devane and Laurence Olivier and was a box office hit. The movie is famous for a torture/interrogation sequence involving dentistry work without anesthetic. Laurence Olivier earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the villainous Dr. Szell. The movie is also notable for being one of the first productions to use the newly invented Steadicam (Rocky and Bound For Glory being the other two films to use the new camera)and was the first film released of the trio. It is also well known for the famous quote "Is it safe?"

The following weapons were used in the film Marathon Man:


Colt Commander

Thomas Levy (Dustin Hoffman) owns a Colt Commander, inherited from his father. Several shots showing the smallish muzzle, reveals that Colt Commander in the film is .38 Super or 9mm caliber version rather than .45 ACP.

Colt Combat Commander - .45 ACP.
Thomas Levy’s Colt Commander
Thomas Levy (Dustin Hoffman) holds the Commander and uses Elsa (Marthe Keller) as a shield.
Levy holds his Commander on Szell

Colt Detective Special

Janeway (William Devane) carries a Colt Detective Special.

Colt Detective Special - .38 special
Janeway (William Devane) holds the Colt.
Janeway (William Devane) with his Colt.

Walther P38

Erhard (Marc Lawrence), one of Janeway's men, uses a Walther P38.

Walther P38
Erhard (Marc Lawrence) draws his Walther P38.

Heckler & Koch G3

The guard in South America carries an early H&K G3 with wooden forearm and buttstock.

Early H&K G3
The guard in South America with the H&K G3.


The bank guard carries an unidentified revolver.

Bank guard with revolver

All the gang members breaking into Levy’s apartment seem to have 22. LR revolvers (unknown).

Gang members with revolvers

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