Cover of "Marathon Man"

Cover of Marathon Man

John Schlesinger‘s Marathon Man (1976) is a mediocre thriller—paranoid, rambling, even silly.  Thus it is devoid of the economy and sensible content of the American crime movies of the Forties and Fifties.  Yes, those movies were usually based on novels, but so is Marathon Man.

Dustin Hoffman and Roy Scheider are wholly remarkable here.  They don’t belong in a wholly unremarkable film.