Original Australian Daybill Poster Marathon Man
Daybill Poster. Marathon Man is a 1976 American suspense-thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1974 novel of the same title and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane and Marthe Keller. Laurence Olivier was cast early on. However, he had health problems and at one stage, it was uncertain whether he would be able to do the film. Richard Widmark auditioned for the part, but Olivier eventually recovered and was able to participate in filming. Olivier and Hoffman did not get on due to Hoffman’s ‘Method’ style of acting. The movie was filmed from October 1975 to February 1976. The film was a financial and critical success. Olivier's performance was particularly praised: he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and he won a Golden Globe in the same category.