They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG   |    |  Drama


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The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.


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  • Susannah York and Gig Young in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
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  • Jane Fonda and Sydney Pollack in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

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6 July 2002 | moonspinner55
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| "I've got my eye on you!" ... "Which one?"
This is the movie that "The Day of the Locust" might have aspired to be. It captures the tone of desperation and helplessness of Depression-era characters (would-bes, wanna-bes, and fade-outs) like few films I've seen. It's a fascinating downer, ripe with interesting losers and gritty drama. Jane Fonda's performance as a marathon-entry at the end of her rope ranks with her very best work, and Oscar-winner Gig Young is smashing as the M.C. Also superb: Susannah York as a glamor girl who gets her clothes (and sanity) dirty, and Red Buttons as an over-the-hill sailor. There's not a happy or hopeful moment in sight, but for gripping human drama you could do no better. James Poe and Robert E. Thompson adapted their screenplay from Horace McCoy's novel; Sydney Pollack directed, impeccably. ***1/2 from ****

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