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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Blu-ray) PG

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  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: September 5, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Note: Audio commentary by director Sydney Pollack
    • Making-of featurette
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Audio commentary by actress Jane Fonda, producer Irwin Winkler, producer Martin Baum, actress Bonnie Bedelia, actor Michael Sarrazin, actor Red Buttons, and hair stylist Sydney Guilaroff
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS
    • Subtitles - English

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1969 - Best Supporting Actor: Gig Young

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 5,548
[A] potent account of the grueling trials of dance-marathon contestants during the Depression.
Nov 1, 2005
Rating: 7/10 -- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? becomes not merely an incisive critique of the exploitation that celebrities are inclined to, but perhaps of capitalism itself. Full Review
Under the Radar
Sep 27, 2017
Rating: 4/4 -- An allegorical, socially conscious response to the injustices of the Depression era. Full Review
TV Guide
May 26, 2008
The material is simple and irresistible, and Sydney Pollack stages it well (though without transcending the essential superficiality of his talent). Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 26, 2008
Rating: 4/4 -- There has never been a film quite so original as this, featuring a wealth of noted actors fighting for their lives in a dance competition taking place during the Great Depression. Full Review
Cinema Sight
Aug 15, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- The movie is by far the best thing that Pollack has ever directed (with the possible exception of The Scalphunters).
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A sordid spectacle of hard times, a kind of existentialist allegory of life. Full Review
May 26, 2008

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 10, 1969.
  • Gig Young won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY' and director Sydney Pollack received a nomination for Best Director.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 30,159
  • UPC: 738329216603
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18/lbs (approx)
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