They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Director: Sydney Pollack Cast: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York

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A total of nine Academy Award nominations went to this wildly acclaimed, allegorical drama set amongst the contestants in a marathon dance contest during the Great Depression. Gig Young stars as Rocky, the obnoxious emcee for a dance marathon that offers prize money of $1,500, a small fortune during hard economic times that brings out the worst in several participants. Among them are Gloria Beatty (Jane Fonda), a malcontent who's partnered with a drifter, Robert Syverton (Michael Sarrazin); a pregnant farm girl (Bonnie Bedelia) and her husband (Bruce Dern); a sailor (Red Buttons); and an aspiring actress (Susannah York). As the marathon winds into a staggering second month, suspicion, doubt and insecurity rages among the competitors and even the decaying and increasingly manipulative Rocky, leading to a shocking crime.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2017
UPC: 0738329216597
Original Release: 1969
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 3,550

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Sydney Pollack; Making-of featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Audio commentary by actress Jane Fonda, producer Irwin Winkler, producer Martin Baum, actress Bonnie Bedelia, actor Michael Sarrazin, actor Red Buttons, and hair stylist Sydney Guilaroff

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Gloria
Michael Sarrazin Robert
Susannah York Alice
Gig Young Rocky
Red Buttons Sailor
Bonnie Bedelia Ruby
Bruce Dern James
Robert Fields Joel
Allyn Ann McLerie Shirl
Michael Conrad Rollo
Lewis Turkey
Severn Darden Cecil
Jacquelyn Hyde Jackie
Felice Orlandi Mario
Art Metrano Max
Gail Billings Lillian
Maxine Greene Agnes
Mary Gregory Nurse
Robert Dunlap College Boy
Paul Mantee Jiggs
Tim Herbert Doctor
Tom McFadden Actor
Noble "Kid" Chissell Actor
Teddy Buckner Actor
Chaing Actor
Kid Chissell Trainer
Joseph Harris House Band
Marilyn Hassett Girl
Bobby Hutcherson Band Leader
Philo McCullough Audience Extra
Madge Kennedy Mrs. Layden
Laura Lamb Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Chartoff Producer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Johnny Green Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Horner Production Designer
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Frank McCoy Makeup
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
James Poe Screenwriter
Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Robert E. Thompson Screenwriter
Irwin Winkler Producer
Albert Woodbury Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1. Chapter 1 [10:12]
2. Chapter 2 [13:20]
3. Chapter 3 [16:02]
4. Chapter 4 [17:44]
5. Chapter 5 [14:50]
6. Chapter 6 [15:31]
7. Chapter 7 [14:58]
8. Chapter 8 [17:09]

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
fillups44 More than 1 year ago
1969 was a watershed year in Hollywood. An x-rated film, Midnight Cowboy, won the Oscar for Best Picture and there seemed to be a new maturity that emphasized humanism and the grinding power of society to destroy it. It is this willingness to look darknessin the eye and create a cathartic experience out of it that informs this film. Dance marathons were both an entertainment and a way to win money during the Great Depression and this film follows the fates of several of the contestants. The manipulation of real life contestants for spectacle has an unfortunate parallel in today's reality show phenomenon. It is also a powerful metaphor for a kind everyday bleakness where hopes and dreams are just out of reach. This film is tough and disturbing but it is absolutely riveting and watching it feels cathartic. After viewing this initially it filled me with awe and with ideas about film's potential to change and move us. In that way this film is one of the most exhilerating experiences I've had. The tragedy feels altering and worthwhile like King Lear or Antigone. It is a breakthrough film for director Sydney Pollack, who directs with a vividness and passion that he was never able to top and Jane Fonda, who brings so much intensity and intelligence to the part that she wins the viewer over, it remains one of Fonda's and the screen's triumphs. Gig Young, who won an Oscar, shattered his image as the funny sidekick with his vivid and intense turn as the manipulative MC. Susannah York, Red Buttons and Bonnie Bedelia are also amazing in powerful roles. Michael Sarrazin as the narrator/main character is very good, he has a sweet mournfulness, but isn't quite as powerful as the rest of the cast. The movie holds the record for most nominations (9) without being nominated for Best Picture. Young won the only Oscar for this film. Pollack, Fonda and York were all nominated. Fonda was recognized by the New York Film Critics Award as the best actress of the year. This film has dated the least of the other famous films of its year (Butch Cassidy, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider) and it stands easily alongside them as a classic worth seeing multiple times.