January 1, 2013
Warner Home Video
A graduate student who runs marathons in his spare time becomes trapped in a series of hair-raising events when a Nazi fugitive kills his brother and goes after him. Based on the novel by William Golding. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Laurence Olivier.
Theatrical release: October, 1976.
Being a method actor, Hoffman did not sleep the night before shooting the famous dental torture scene. When costar Olivier discovered this, he remarked: "Why don't you try acting, it's so much easier."
In MARATHON MAN, Laurence Olivier portrays a former Nazi based on Josef Menegele. Two years later, in Franklin J. Schaffner's THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, he would go on to play famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, in pursuit of Menegele.