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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! This entry in the Behind the Scenes Picture of the Day series is historic. That’s right! There’s a historic first happening with today’s installment! It’s the first time the BTSPotD column features two pictures! Don’t expect this to become a regular thing. I like the steady pace, but occasionally I’ll get a series of pictures from a single movie that I can’t separate out. Case in point, today’s photos from the set of MARATHON MAN featuring a young Dustin Hoffman not showing much respect to Sir Laurence Olivier. Between these two photos you get a real sense of the moment and of Hoffman’s sense of humor. I’m a big fan of John Schlesinger’s film… it’s Dustin Hoffman in his prime, those first 10 years of a brilliant actor’s career where there’s a fire in his eyes. Paul Newman had the same feeling and while they both continued to be brilliant in later films there’s a hunger in their earlier works that is unmistakable. I also love Olivier in this flick. Creepy, sharp, dangerous but at the same time kind of pathetic and sad, too. Great turn. Here are the two pics. Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Come take a roll in ze hay with tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic! See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood

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  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Man I love it!

    by AugustusGloop

    Wish I knew the backstory. Did Olivier go to his grave never knowing what Hoffman was doing back there?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Doesn't hold up in many ways.

    by Mostholy

    As someone who, like Dustin Hoffman's character, was also in a history PhD program at Columbia U, the grad school sequences are ridicky-goddamn-diculous. And you gotta love his old school courting technique -- stalking a girl 30 blocks, inviting himself into her apartment, and refusing to leave until she submits. Then again, I guess the stalker thing worked for him with Katherine Ross in THE GRADUATE also.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    guy who plays Desmond

    by ciroslive

    Could play Hoffman in a biopic. at least thats what I think from the 2nd pic

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by surprider

    guess he deserves time in that dentist chair for goofing around w/ the White Angel..really great movie...

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    You just know Hoffman drove Sir Larry nuts.

    by fiester

    Isn't this the flick from whence the famous Olivier line "It's called acting, boy!" originated when Sir Larry first encountered Hoffman's crazed method acting?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by Kraven Morehead

    The movie is paced really slowly. Everything until his brother is killed takes way too long. Everything afterwards is cool though. If I was him I'd say "Welcome to Safe. Population: It"

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Very good!

    by ObiBen

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    in many ways


    this is perhaps my favorite. Hoffman is so tormented by that prick throughout MARATHON MAN - that goofing off seems like the only responsible action left to him.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    He looks like his Captain Hook character in the bottom pic.

    by Mike_D

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Heh, Henry Ian Cusick DOES look a bit like a young Hoffman

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    And Roy Scheider is absolutely RIPPED in this movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The scene where he fights the would-be assassin in his hotel room makes me think he could have taken on Bruce Lee.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    "What's that poking in my bum?"

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Worst pictures yet


    I like the idea of having two pictures since you have so many apparently. This on was way too dull for the only column worth reading on this site. What happened to the thing where you were promoting no budget filmmakers?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    Something like that. But then I wasn't there, either. So the story goes the two were talking and Hoffman was telling Olivier how he wasn't sleeping or not eating or something like that and Larry either said "Try acting, my boy!" or "Have you tried acting?" or something. Love the bottom picture. Just waiting for RedBull Human to get a gay vibe off the top picture of Hoffman looking dreamily at Olivier's head.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    It's amazing how the film and the book mesh

    by SoylentMean

    Really a good example of a quality film understanding the subject material. They compliment eachother. Rosemary's Baby is another good example of an amazing novel to film adaptation. <P> I have the feeling that if Olivier had turned around and saw Hoffman doing those faces that the resulting glare would have resulted in an instant bowel release by Hoffman, due to the sheer terror Olivier would have put in his soul.

  • like a god. And the fact that he was very ill during filming, makes his scenes more impressive. AND didn't he do Boys From Brazil right after this?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by afterhourss

    it's lord laurence olivier

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    "the story"

    by Lemure_v2

    you're all referring too is untrue and exaggerated. Watch the extras on Marathan Man sometime to hear Hoffmann put it all straight.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Tried Clove Oil after watching this the other week

    by UGG

    when I had toothache it worked to. Awesome movie, isn't the aliens in Fire in The Sky based on Oliviers character? I'm sure I heard that?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I guessed it right and I really like this pic

    by TheJudger

    oh the hazing... Well hey, olivier will get his revenge soon enough when it's teefie time....

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Was this before or after his dental check-up?

    by Tigger Tales

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Give me a picture of weller getting into the robosuit

    by UltraTron

    and a picture of barbarella getting into the orgasmatron.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, Dusty! Why don't you try acting?

    by Nice Marmot

    Act on this you old English fag!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Now That's a Behind the Scenes Shot

    by thorin01

    I love this feature and this type of picture is why.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    "The story" is an anecdote...

    by Grasscutter

    told by William Goldman in Which Lie Did I Tell?: Adventures In The Screen Trade in the Marathon Man chapter, which he wrote the novel and screenplay for. So, the story is embellished, so what? Re-read the title of the memoir. Goldman also lied about not writing Good Will Hunting, so whatever.

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  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Quick Harry, start deleting posts like the one above

    by FloristGump

    ...because you really don't need posts advertising crap products in your talkbacks. There's enough of that on THR and we don't need it here!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    2nd picture is gold.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I'm a simple man to please.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Din't need a dentist, just a nose job.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Hands down.....

    by Darth_Kaos

    one of the best thrillers ever made. Some of you wannabe filmmakers need to check this movie out on execution alone.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Dustin Hoffman for making a mistake...

    by DickJones

    ...for making me get a chuckle out of those pics.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    I always wanted a picture of Peter Weller with a fake arm shooting the shit on set with Kurtwood Smith and the boys.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Zel? ZEL!?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    God I love this movie!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I guess I didn't know how to spell it

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Thanks's actually Szell?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Love it every time I watch it.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I like the movie with the little Hitler badies better.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    fucking baBies!

    by Sailor Rip

    Fuck this shit! <p> *storms off set*

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by skimn

    Those Dobermans were baad asss.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Wish it showed more Scheider.....

    by westie

    After watching that movie years later, I realized how cool Scheider came off as Scylla, the spy. I read the two books after the movie to hear more about him (Brothers was the sequel.) Wasn't crazy about the second book, but always loved the character of Babe's brother.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Ok, that's just awesome.

    by TedKordLives

    If you think those pictures are boring, then you are probably about 15-16 years old, in which case your opinion matters not one bit.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    scary modern nazis

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    ah! we have to go raiding the south american regions for these punks.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Hoffman was 39 years old at the time.

    by catlettuce4

    born 1937.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Kraven Morehead Is What's Wrong With...

    by Rebeck2

    Movies and audiences today. When you think Marathon Man - Marathon Man! - is too fucking slow, you might just be a complete and total idiot with ADD. No wonder our education stats suck these days, we're breeding idiots who can't even sit still for a well-plotted thriller. Kraven, I'll tell you what, why don't we sit you down in front of DAYS OF HEAVEN and see if your ritalin-addled brain explodes.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I don't know what it is....

    by redkamel

    but it sure smells good!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Marathon Man, then years later...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Meet The Fockers. Talk about a downward slide...

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Phenomenal film

    by Star Hump

    it isn't slow at all. I did have trouble believing Hoffman and Schneider were brothers, but fuck it, it's just a movie. Suspend.<p> Was the first movie I ever saw William Devane act, that big-toothed fast-talking shitbag. Unforgettable. Love the scene where he stages the breakout, then drives the poor fucker (Hoffman) around the block and right back into the hands of Szell.<p> The torture scene was shortened after preview audiences were taken sick. (imdb)

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    You're right Rebeck

    by Star Hump

    Young monkeys today are so distracted, so addled by their devices, so uneducated, so retarded, that they have difficulty even sitting through a 30-minute sitcom. Oh yeah, on the surface it seems like they can process more information than preceding generations. Horseshit. If it isn't spoonfed to them rapidly, they think it's shit. Imagine showing the Godfather to someone born in 1991. They'd all walk out. "Totally fucking boring, man!"

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I find these pictures comical.

    by Yelsaeb

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Scariest Nazi ever...

    by BurnHollywood

    Saw the movie when I was eight, and the casual, "banal" evil Olivier brought to the part always haunted me, a brilliant twist on the old, blatantly sinister version of Nazi evil most other actors employed until that movie. I think Ralph Fiennes owes a bit of his Amon Goeth to Olivier's performance...

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    chilling scene in the Diamond District..

    by nolan bautista

    ..when Szell is walking around and then realizes that he could be among the same Jews he tortured..he just found out that he wasn't "safe" after all..

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    These pics

    by Grand Moff Toht

    Show what a small small man Dustin Hoffman was. It's sad how insecure he looks. Then again, he is standing in the shadow of Laurence Olivier. The man is, ah, nefarious.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Hoffman comes off band in those pics, yes

    by Star Hump

    Nothing wrong with fucking with an acring legend, but do it to his face man!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump


  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    We'll let "acring" slide

    by Star Hump

    Christ, I need more ice cream and less booze.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I thought DH didn't break character on this set

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Star Hump

    by Rebeck2

    You nailed it! It's weird because, as you say, they're smarter than us in the way they process information and multitask, but overstimulation has made them unable to sit still and concentrate on a story for any length of time if it's not a Michael Bay assault on the senses. It's really depressing. And eustisclay, you're right, it doesn't bode well for the future of film. A film student said exactly the same thing to me about CITIZEN KANE...and when he listed his "all-time" favorite movies, it got even worse.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    That Prick

    by The_Skook

    Harry - When you refer to 'that prick', are you talking about the character or the actor? Your sentence confuses the movie and reality.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    "Fuh! Fuh! Fffffuuuuuz Fuh!"

    by ricarleite2

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Der Weisse Ängel

    by BenBraddock

    Classic character, a shit scarey sadist brilliantly played by Olivier. And you're right, Quint, Hoffman had the fire back in the day, he was fantastic. Really at his peak in the 70s into the 80s. This film is CLASSIC, no arguments will be tolerated from anyone. The plot, the writing, the structure, the acting, direction... everything just gelled and I'll take "Marathon Man" over any thriller produced today.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    wrote the script but it was massively doctored by the guy who wrote Chinatown.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I Don't Like Going To The Dentist

    by LaserPants

    They're all a buncha sadists I tells ya! Even the non-Nazi ones.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST


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    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Most Effective Torture Movie Scene Ever?

    by Graphix67

    Could be. At the very least, far more effective and realistic than ANYTHING that SAW can offer up with it's tired, cartoonish Wile E. Coyote contraptions.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Awesome pics

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    That's fit for a poster.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    2nd pic

    by Be_a_zed

    is so annoying I could happily smash DH in the face.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Great movie

    by NippleEffect

    been far to long since I've seen it Great pics too

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Didn't William Goldman...

    by Orbots Commander his "Adventures in the Screen Trade" say that during shooting, Hoffman acted like a douche bag (paraphrasing) towards Olivier? Nice.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    This movie inspires to brush, floss, and mouth wash

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    yourself daily so you dont make any trips to the dentist.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Little known fact: It's safe.

    by Royston Lodge

    It really is.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST


    by uglyMood

    Can you imagine one of these snot-nosed little gnats trying to sit through a classic Herzog film?

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    1st pic is best yet, Quint

    by WWBD

    Just catching up with these, but I love the feature. And I love this first pic. The second one overdoes it a bit, but in the first one you can see in Hoffman's eyes all his disdain for Olivier's outdated acting style.

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    On the subject of ADD audiences - READ 'THE SHALLOWS'

    by SK229

    Excellent book... although it's probably ironic that I read it on a kindle, isn't it? Anyway, he makes a very strong argument for the fact that, yes, we can process more information than ever due to the internet and other technologies, but that it's slowly eroding our ability to reflect, consider the information, and gain new insights. I mean, this is gonna sound ridiculous, but it actually makes me sad. I feel like we've been sold down the river by technology and if you read around many people don't want to give up the ghost judging by the reviewers making ad hominem attacks on his theory. Regardless if you think the method is correct, I think it's damn near impossible to argue that the internet and this age of instant information and constant distractions hasn't rendered many completely unable to sit the fuck still and THINK for a minute. It's not hard to see, JUST LOOK THE FUCK AROUND at everyone constantly twittering away (literally and figuratively), farting around looking busy on their ipads, their 'smart' phones and whatever the fuck else they can cram into their pocket (in public, of course, otherwise what's the point? Nobody will think your artistic...) Because there's a huge difference between following hyperlinks, screwing around in imovie, organizing your photo collection, blogging, and then actually digesting, considering, and coming up with new thoughts regarding that information... critical thinking is pretty much dead. I'd say we're more in an age of 'instant agreement, next!'... in other words, have a thought, reinforce it by finding blogs, news sites, or discussion boards that feel the same way you do, and then feel better about yourself and move into the next useless thought or bit of information you want people to agree with you on or that you're seeking to reinforce through more groupthink. I'm getting away from the topic at hand, but really, check out this book cause I think he lays out a convincing argument and, getting back to what I was saying about the reviews, this has clearly riled many up who do not want to even consider that maybe all this cheap information isn't so good for us. <p>Another point I wanted to make is that I also think this technology has sold indie filmmakers down the river. if you're part of that 'community' (if it could even be called that), you know what I'm talking about. Festivals, panel discussions, websites, distribution 'experts' and blogs all devoted to telling you that you need to join more sites, have more audience interaction, twitter more, blog more, etc., in order to get your film out there. Meanwhile, the films ARE SHIT. No, don't spend all that time concentrating on a great script, just get a million twitter followers... boom, problem solved, instant audience... except try getting them to buy your next movie. Then you look at Christopher Nolan and he says he doesn't have a cell phone and tries not to use email because it gives him more time to think and reflect on the story he wants to tell, which makes perfect sense. So while indie filmmakers might have more avenues than ever to engage an audience, they have to do it pretty much all on their own and meanwhile, the work suffers... because there's no way you can maintain all of that social media bullshit AND be an artist, because being an artist and coming up with a good story is pretty much anti-social media engagement. There NEEDS to be a wall between the filmmaker and the audience, otherwise the work never gets done and if it does, it probably has been too compromised because the filmmaker felt he was at the beck and call of the audience, constantly 'engaging' and never saying, "What do I want to do?" and then fuck all else. It really is a problem, I believe... instead, they should focus on how they want the audience to feel, what kind of story they want to tell, and THAT'S IT. Sorry for the rant, but I think this is the main problem going on within indie films. That and the fact that there's way too much drama being made by people who can't afford actors that are interesting to watch doing dramatic things to begin with. You mention, "Hey... why don't you try to do an original horror movie... or a comedy?" For SHAME! Meanwhile, what the fuck do you think Clerks, Pi, Blair Witch, Primer, Following, and the other 20 successful indie films were? Hell, what do you think The Godfather is? French Connection? The Exorcist? JAWS? Fucking GENRE... and they wonder why indie film is dead. Cause a movie like 'Frozen' is the best of the best only cause it's the only game in town, not cause it isn't totally mediocre. Ok, rant over.

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