MARATHON MAN
1976, Paramount, 125 min, USA, Dir: John Schlesinger

Nail-biting political thriller with Dustin Hoffman investigating the death of his government agent brother, Roy Scheider - and running smack into Nazi-on-the-run Laurence Olivier, in one of his most wildly entertaining performances. Marthe Keller earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Hoffman’s ill-fated girlfriend.


THE OUTSIDE MAN
UN HOMME EST MORT
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 104 min, France/USA, Dir: Jacques Deray

Hit man Jean-Louis Trintignant (recently seen in Michael Haneke’s AMOUR) is sent to L.A. to whack a mob boss. Once the job's done, he's trapped in a nightmare of strip clubs, Jesus freaks and "Star Trek" reruns, chased by assassin Roy Scheider and helped by go-go girl Ann-Margret. Plenty of bygone Los Angeles landmarks! Original uncut, uncensored, English-language version.


BLUE THUNDER
1983, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Déjà vu 1983! The government has unleashed its newest weapon: a heavily armed helicopter that can spy on civilians from 1,000 feet and incinerate entire city blocks. The only ones who can stop Big Brother (in the form of Malcolm McDowell’s fascist cop) from using it against us are Vietnam vet-turned-police chopper pilot Roy Scheider and his tech-savvy partner, Daniel Stern. Director John Badham's paranoid actioner flies high with stunning cinematography by John Alonzo and dazzling dogfights over downtown L.A.


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