The second feature film to use Steadicam, Schlesinger’s classic thriller stars Dustin Hoffman as Babe, a PhD candidate whose life is turned upside down when his brother Doc (Roy Scheider) shows up in New York City and reveals he’s not the oil exec Babe had always thought he was. As it turns out, Doc is a secret agent mixed up with a vast scheme to sell diamonds stolen from German Jews during WWII to compensate a sadistic ex-Nazi dentist, Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier), who in turn helps to track down other Third Reich renegades. Naturally, it’s only a matter of time before Babe is in grave, unrelenting danger. One of cinema’s tensest urban nightmares, Marathon Man is a masterwork of paranoia and post-Holocaust unrest.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Walter Reade Theater, we’re winding back the clock! All opening day screenings (December 16) will feature the original 1991 pricing: $5 for members and $7 for non-members.