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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? 1969 film review


They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? 1969 film review

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969, United States)

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Running time
120 minutes
Language
English
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Our rating
★★★★★★★★★☆ 9 / 10

United States during the Great Depression. A dance marathon with main prize of $ 1,500 is a chance for many people to change their lives. Many couples take part in it, dancing day and night, with only short breaks allowd by the rules.

The film shows the human weakness, desperation and cruelty, the characters are crossing their personal boundaries and barriers. Gloria, the main character of the film, is desperate but also strong and ruthless, her partner Robert is silent and full of compassion. For variety and fun of the audience organizers have prepared additional races for the dancers. Only the strongest will remain on the dance floor, but will they be the winners?

Very good Sydney Pollack movie, with a great part of Gloria played by Jane Fonda. The film is a metaphor for the ruthlessness of modern society and is up-to-date even today. Very clearly shows the realities of the 1930s, the dance hall with music and lights darkened, but above all the human drama and struggle with their weaknesses.


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Creators of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?


Sydney Pollack films

Sydney Pollack

director

Robert E. Thompson films

Robert E. Thompson

screenplay

James Poe films

James Poe

screenplay



Cast of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?


Jane Fonda films

Jane Fonda

as Gloria

Michael Sarrazin films

Michael Sarrazin

as Robert

Susannah York films

Susannah York

as Alice

Gig Young films

Gig Young

as Rocky

Red Buttons films

Red Buttons

as Seaman

Bonnie Bedelia films

Bonnie Bedelia

as Ruby

Michael Conrad films

Michael Conrad

as Rollo

Bruce Dern films

Bruce Dern

as James