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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? [DVD]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Sydney Pollack's dark and impassioned adaptation of Horace McCoy's novel examines the limits of devotion and endurance. The intricately interwoven plot centers on a marathon dance contest that takes place in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The poverty-stricken participants struggle to keep their footing in order to survive the hard times, with hope for the cash prize the sole reason for continuing to dance. The tragic competitors are an effective mirror for the American ideals of the time and the overwhelming feeling of disenchantment. Filled with dramatic tension and moving performances, THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? is harrowing and unforgettable.

    Jane Fonda gives a particularly moving performance as Gloria Beatty, a girl bent on self-destruction, and Gig Young gives an Oscar-winning performance as Rocky, the sleazy master of ceremonies who has gathered the contestants together under the pretense of providing an ample cash reward of more than a thousand dollars.

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1969 Gig Young American Actor

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1007062

  • Credits
    Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young, Byron Barr, Bryant Fleming, Susannah York, Susannah Yolande Fletcher, Red Buttons, Aaron Chwatt, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern, Allyn Ann McLerie, Allyn McLerie
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Aged better than any American film of its time; the drama is beautifully shot and written, while the acting...is out of this world..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] potent account of the grueling trials of dance-marathon contestants during the Depression."

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