Marathon Man

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Marathon Man
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Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Schlesinger
Release Date 1976
Language English
Deutsch
French
Spanish
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
Jogger in Central Park Treat Williams (uncredited)
LeClerc Jacques Marin


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 stars Dustin Hoffman as graduate student Thomas "Babe" Levy, who is caught in the midst of a conflict between Nazi war criminal Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) and government agents over a cache of diamonds. Roy Scheider and William Devane also star. A box office hit, the movie is famous for a torture/interrogation sequence involving dentistry work without anesthetic and the famous quote "Is it safe?" 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.



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 either a .38 Super or 9x19mm version rather than a .45 ACP.

Colt Combat Commander - .45 ACP.
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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 as his sidearm of choice.

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 - 9x19mm
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 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The guard in South America with the H&K G3.

Unknown Revolvers

The bank guard carries an unidentified revolver.

The bank guard with a revolver.

All of the gang members that break into Levy’s apartment are armed with unknown revolvers that appear to be chambered in .22 LR.

Gang members with revolvers

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