They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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  • Drama
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Pollack's adaptation of Horace McCoy's novel about the competitive dance marathons of the Depression years was enthusiastically received when first released, and had a string of Academy Award nominations, several of them for its performances. The acting is strident and overblown, the narrative technique gimmicky and obvious, and the implication that the competitors' situation is a microcosm of a wider-reaching American malaise (though safely distanced by the period and the flash-back-and-forth narrative technique) rather pretentious.

Release details

Duration: 129 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sydney Pollack
Screenwriter: James Poe, Robert E Thompson
Cast: Gig Young
Red Buttons
Michael Sarrazin
Michael Conrad
Severn Darden
Jane Fonda
Allyn Ann McLerie
Susannah York
Bruce Dern
Bonnie Bedelia

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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alljack

Grim but fascinating story of desperation and manipulation. The stellar cast creates characters that are as shimmering as soap bubbles, and just as fragile. Gig Young deserves the Oscar he won here for Best Supporting Actor. The allegorical nature of the themes is handled deftly and discreetly. Still, this movie is not, obviously, for everyone's liking. The brutality of some of the dance scenes can be unnerving,

alljack

Grim but fascinating story of desperation and manipulation. The stellar cast creates characters that are as shimmering as soap bubbles, and just as fragile. Gig Young deserves the Oscar he won here for Best Supporting Actor. The allegorical nature of the themes is handled deftly and discreetly. Still, this movie is not, obviously, for everyone's liking. The brutality of some of the dance scenes can be unnerving,

radarsf

Pretentious or not, the movie seen on DVD in early 2012 as the Republican Primary grinds on, is just as melodramatic if not more so. What is the prize for winning worth (after subtracting for the Subprime Mortgage fiasco, the bailout of the Banks and select corporations, and whatever else we are promised by the contenders? It's the American way, right?

radarsf

Pretentious or not, the movie seen on DVD in early 2012 as the Republican Primary grinds on, is just as melodramatic if not more so. What is the prize for winning worth (after subtracting for the Subprime Mortgage fiasco, the bailout of the Banks and select corporations, and whatever else we are promised by the contenders? It's the American way, right?

Shawn in Montreal

I just finished watching the film on DVD and had pretty much the same reaction as the reviewer. While the film does still pack a punch and feature great performances, this is a deeply flawed film, too.