One of the great suspense dramas of the 1970s, it remains a high watermark of its genre. \"Marathon Man\" stars Dustin Hoffman as a Columbia doctoral student, obsessed with his thesis about his father, who committed suicide when he was \"victimized\" by McCarthyism. His brother is Roy Scheider, a super-secret agent for an organization that handles, apparently, what the FBI cannot and the CIA will not. His pal is William DeVane, and he is in league with the devil, a former Nazi dentist named Christian Zsell (played to perfection by Laurence Olivier), based on Joseph Mengele. Zsell is also known as the \"White Angel\". The plot revolves around millions of dollars worth of diamonds, smuggled to the U.S. by Zsell with DeVane\'s (and Sheider\'s) help.
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, Laurence Olivier, William Devane, Everett Creach, John Schlesinger, Robert Evans, Marthe Keller.