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Marathon Man Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Film's notorious torture scene means adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an action film full of violence. Numerous fights take place with various weapons ranging from fists and razor wire to guns and knives. Many fights and standoffs end with characters dying in bloody and graphic ways. Tense scenes feature a character being tortured with dental equipment. A flashback sequence shows a young child discovering his father dead on the floor after having committed suicide. One nude sex scene takes place. Many characters use explicit language in anger and frustration.

  • Families can talk about this film's representation of masculinity. How does Dustin Hoffman's character have to change in order to succeed? Can you think of other movies that require men to resort to violence to protect themselves or their families? What do you think of these portrayals?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character stands up to a Nazi criminal, but does so in a violent and unlawful manner.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Bloody shootings, strangling, knifings, fistfights, graphic torture, car chases, etc.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Nude sex scene.

  • language false5

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The action is motivated by characters' desire for jewels.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Casual drinking of alcohol.