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They Shoot Horses, Don't They (1969)
A total of nine Academy Award nominations went to this wildly acclaimed, allegorical drama set amongst the contestants in a marathon dance contest during the Great Depression. Gig Young stars as Rocky, the obnoxious emcee for a dance marathon that offers prize money of $1,500, a small fortune during hard economic times that brings out the worst in several participants. Among them are Gloria Beatty (Jane Fonda), a malcontent who's partnered with a drifter, Robert Syverton (Michael Sarrazin); a pregnant farm girl (Bonnie Bedelia) and her husband (Bruce Dern); a sailor (Red Buttons); and an aspiring actress (Susannah York). As the marathon winds into a staggering second month, suspicion, doubt and insecurity rages among the competitors and even the decaying and increasingly manipulative Rocky, leading to a shocking crime.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide Rated R .
Cast: Jane Fonda, Susannah York, Red Buttons, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young
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Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Written by: Horace McCoy & James Poe
Running time: 2hr 0min
Opens: Dec 10, 1969
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