Marathon Man (1976)

marathongDirector: John Schlesinger

Writer: William Goldman (Screenplay)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Schieder, William Devane, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Richard Bright

 

Plot: A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

 

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Verdict: True Thriller

 

Story: Marathon Man starts as we see infamous Nazi criminal living in New York involved in a car accident even though he has long been thought dead, we go on to meet student Babe (Hoffman) who spends his time studying and running. We go on to meet Doc (Scheider) who is on a government mission working for Janeway (Devane).

The story takes a twist when we learn that Doc is the big brother of Babe but his mission brings the Szell (Olivier) back to New York and a reunion of brother’s brings us into a position where Babe can learn the truth about his brother.

Babe finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy where it is his own brother that drags him into the mess and he has to deal with the consequences and threat that Szell offers.

Marathon Man is a crime thriller that mixes our innocent everyday student into a world of international war criminals and a diamond heist. All of these elements come into the film to work perfectly to create the tension and twists needed for the style of the film. There really won’t be much else to say fresh that people haven’t already said about this film.

 

Actor Review

 

Dustin Hoffman: Babe is just a student living in New York City, he meets a girl while dreaming of being able to take part in a marathon. When his brother returns Babe finds himself being tortured by Szell for information. Dustin is great in this leading role having to deal with just not knowing anything throughout.

Laurence Olivier: Szell is a former Nazi war criminal that has information on all the hiding war criminals but when his brother dies he wants his diamonds back and he will do anything to get them back using all of his torture techniques on Babe. Laurence is deadly calm while being equally terrifying throughout.

Roy Scheider: Doc is a secret agent dealing with all the problems the rest of the government don’t want to get involved in. He is the big brother to Babe and his latest mission leaves him brother’s life at risk. Roy is good in what comes off like a cocky James Bond like figure.

William Devane: Janeway is the partner of Doc working on his latest job but when we learn his true colours we get an extra person for Babe to dodge for his freedom. William is good in this role where we get to see this corrupt character running through the film.

Support Cast: Marathon Man has a supporting cast which does includes Elsa the love interest of Babe while the rest are just henchmen. The smaller cast helps the film focus on our main characters more.

Director Review: John SchlesingerJohn gives us a tension filled thriller that plays on paranoia as well as the idea of not knowing the truth about one’s own family

 

Crime: Marathon Man puts us into the middle of a crime world where international war criminals are trying to get freedom.

Thriller: Marathon Man keeps us on throughout the film as we see the innocent Babe try to outsmart the criminals.

Settings: Marathon Man keeps most of the settings very simple not taking away from the performances of the actors in the process.
Special Effects
: Marathon Man has good practical effects when needed for the kills and fights.

Suggestion: Marathon Man is one I do think everyone should see at least once because it shows how to make a real thriller. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Hoffman’s character shows real development unlike most thrillers.

Worst Part: You may not want to attend the dentist for a while.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor

Budget: $6.5 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

 

Overall: One of the best tension filled thrillers ever put to film.

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Rocky Week – Rocky (1976)

rockyDirector: John G Avildsen

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David

 

Plot: Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Underdog Comes Good

 

Story: Rocky starts as we meet Rocky (Stallone) an amateur boxer who has never been a spectacular in the ring with an average win/loss rating, he works on the side as muscles for local mobsters and knows everyone in the neighbourhood. When the Champion of the World Apollo Creed (Weathers) comes to town for his big fight his opponent pulled out of the fight due to injury. Not wanting to let the world down Apollo offers Rocky a chance at the title partly as a PR stunt to show he will give anyone a chance and partly so he can get an easy win.

We have to watch Rocky get from a nobody to training for the fight of his life as he starts early romance with Adrian (Shire). Rocky has old friends coming from all angles as they want to be part of his payday but can Rocky really overcome the odds against the greatest boxer on the planet?

Rocky will always go down as one of the greatest underdog stories in sports movie history, sure we know how most of it will end up because everyone has talks about it for years. We know that this is nothing like this would ever happen but it is something we can all enjoy. I would have liked to see more from the Apollo side of the story which is the only bad thing about this one.

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: Rocky is the streetwise amateur boxer who dreams off making it one day but until that he is the good guy around the community that also works for local mobster who makes him do the dirty work. When he gets a chance from nowhere to fight the champion he goes into intense training for his once in a lifetime opportunity. Sylvester gives his best performance of his career.rocky fight

Talia Shire: Adrian is the love interest of Rocky, she is a shy lady with a big heart that gets involved after finally giving Rocky a chance to take her out, she becomes part of his inspiration to win. Talia does a good job this role but doesn’t get too much screen time or character development.

Burt Young: Paulie is one of Rocky’s best friend and brother to Adrian. When Rocky gets the fight he starts to try and get his own pay day by trying to make Rocky a celebrity to the world. Burt gives a solid performance but doesn’t really do enough with the character that changes too much through the film.

Carl Weathers: Apollo Creed is the champion of the world, he is prepared for his title defence but when he opponent pulls out he needs to find a new challenge. He hand picks Rocky as a good PR stunt but refuses to do any research on the challenge thinking it will be an easy win. Carl is great in this role as the cocky boxer who thinks he is undefeatable.

 

Support Cast: Rocky has a supporting cast that you would expect to see from the world of boxing with no one really standing out.

Director Review: John G AvildsenJohn gives us one of the best sporting underdog films of all time.

 

Sports: Rocky brings us the brilliant sports drama showing how hard it is to train for one moment in a sports person.

Music: Rocky uses that one song in different levels through the film to show the moment going on screen.

Settings: Rocky uses Philadelphia for the settings using the momentums to help identify where we are.

Suggestion: Rocky is one everyone should have seen once because of the inspirational story. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Training

Worst Part: Not enough time of the supporting cast.

Action Scene Of The Film: Fight

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 3 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing

Box Office: $117 Million

Budget: $960,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: His whole life was a million-to-one shot.

Trivia: During his audition, Carl Weathers was sparring with Sylvester Stallone and accidentally punched him on the chin. Stallone told Weathers to calm down, as it was only an audition, and Weathers said that if he was allowed to audition with a ‘real’ actor, not a stand-in, he would be able to do a lot better. Director John G. Avildsen smiled and told Weathers that Stallone was the real actor (and the writer). Weathers looked at Stallone thoughtfully for a moment, and said, “Well, maybe he’ll get better.” Stallone immediately offered him the role.

 

Overall: A classic that will long stand the test of time

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Halloween Kingathon – Carrie (1976)

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Director
: Brian DePalma

Writer: Lawrence D Cohen (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley

Plot: A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school’s prom by a humiliating prank.

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Verdict: The Beginning of the Masters Work

Story: Carrie starts with an all girls gym class and we meet our social outcast Carrie White (Spacek) who ends up not understanding about her first period, leading to all the other girls taking a chance to bully her, but in this scene we get a first glimpse of what Carrie is capable of as she blows out the lights in the locker room.

Carrie is controlled by her high religious mother Margaret (Laurie) who believes that Carrie is constantly sinning and when she does she punishes her. Carrie is learning about her telekinesis while the other girls including the old friend Sue (Irving) and Chris (Allen) suffer through detention for what they had done to Carrie.

When Sue tries to make up for the prank she gets her boyfriend Tommy (Katt) to ask Carrie to the prom, but Chris ends up seeing this as a chance to work with her boyfriend Billy (Travolta) that ends up causing Carrie to finally break.

Carrie will always go down as one of the most shocking horrors of the time of releases, it starts slowly with very little horror elements but ends with one of the most dramatic horror final acts in horror film history. It shows how high school students can be cruel but also shows how a religious mother can control life too often. This could be considered part revenge film with the final act and will always be a stand out horror film. (8/10)

Actor Review

Sissy Spacek: Carrie is the social outcast of the school suffers her own misfortune at school, but when she suffers this she starts to learn about the telekinetic powers that she possess. All this with her over baring religious mother punishing her for anything that she doesn’t see in the bible. Carrie ends up getting invited to the prom where her true power will get unleashed in an act of revenge. Sissy gives a brilliant performance that gave her an Oscar nomination. (10/10)carrie

Piper Laurie: Margaret White is Carrie’s religious mother that punishs her when she doesn’t follow the bible and wants to control her ever moment. Piper gives a great performance but then I did feel we needed too see more about religious story. (8/10)margaret

Amy Irving: Sue Snell is an old friend who decides to try and do the right thing and asks her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom, he action are true even if the others are not. Amy does a good job in a supporting role. (7/10)

William Katt: Tommy Ross is Sue’s boyfriend who has to ask Carrie to the prom, he does it and acts like a perfect gentleman while at the prom. William does a good job in the supporting role. (7/10)

Support Cast: Carrie has a supporting cast that includes the bullies who plan the final prank but ultimately pay the price for their actions.

Director Review: Brian DePalmaBrian gives us one of best films of his career that manages to give us a true horror classic. (9/10)

Horror: Carrie shows that you don’t need to have constant jump scares and builds the horror until the final act. (9/10)

Settings: Carrie puts all of the horror inside of a small town where a lot takes place in the high school. (8/10)

Suggestion: Carrie is one that all the horror fans should have watched at least once. (Watch)

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: There really isn’t one.

Oh My God Moment: Prom scene.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Nominated for two Oscars for Best Actress in Leading and Supporting Roles.

Budget: $1.8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: If The Exorcist made you shudder, Carrie will make you scream.

Overall: Classic horror film that put Stephen King one the map.

Rating 90