They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

129 mins | Drama | 10 December 1969

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Cinematographer:

Philip H. Lathrop

Production Designer:

Harry Horner

Production Company:

Palomar Pictures International, Ltd.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Sep 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Sep 1968
p. 6.
Daily Variety
16 Oct 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
18 Oct 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Nov 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
27 Dec 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 Jan 1969
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1969
p. 6.
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1969
p. 10.
Daily Variety
6 Mar 1969
p. 4.
Daily Variety
3 Apr 1969
p. 6.
Daily Variety
20 Nov 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 Nov 1969
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
6 Mar 1966
Section M, p. 29.
Los Angeles Times
25 Jul 1966
Section C, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
17 Jul 1968
Section G, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
7 Oct 1968
Section C, p. 29.
Los Angeles Times
2 Dec 1968
Section F, p. 27.
Los Angeles Times
31 Dec 1968
Section B, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
13 Jan 1969
Section G, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
16 Jan 1969
Section H, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
3 Feb 1969
Section H, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
13 Feb 1969
Section I, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
13 Mar 1969
Section F, p. 1, 13.
Los Angeles Times
31 Mar 1969
Section G, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
11 Apr 1969
Section G, p. 26.
Los Angeles Times
11 May 1969
Section O, p. 17.
Los Angeles Times
12 Nov 1969
Section H, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
25 Nov 1969
Section D, p. 1, 15.
Los Angeles Times
14 Dec 1969
Section R, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 1969
Section F, p. 1, 21.
New York Times
10 Apr 1969
p. 55.
New York Times
11 Dec 1969
p. 63.
Variety
10 Jan 1968
p. 4.
Variety
23 Apr 1969
p. 19.
Variety
27 Aug 1969
p. 26.
Variety
12 Nov 1969
p. 4.
Variety
10 Dec 1969
p. 75.
Variety
6 Jan 1971
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Robert Chartoff-Irwin Winkler-Sydney Pollack Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st cam asst
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Sketch artist
MUSIC
Mus and orch arr
Orch arr
Mus ed
SOUND
Boom op
Sd eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Marathon choreography & supv
MAKEUP
Makeup
Body makeup
Hairdresser
Hairdresser
Hairdresser
Hairdresser
Miss York's hairstyles
Miss Fonda's hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Dialogue coach
Stills
Gaffer
Casting
Casting
Casting
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy (New York, 1935).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Easy Come Easy Go," music and lyrics by John Green and Edward Heyman.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 December 1969
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 10 December 1969
Los Angeles opening: 17 December 1969
Production Date:
began 17 February 1969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
129
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
22402
SYNOPSIS

During the Depression, while awaiting execution for the murder of an acquaintance, Robert Syverton recalls the circumstances of the crime: Wandering on an amusement pier beside the Pacific Ocean, he recalls when, as a child, he witnessed the destruction of a favorite horse. Robert is then attracted to a dance marathon about to begin in the dilapidated Aragon Ballroom. As he watches, a contestant is disqualified because of an ominous cough. Pressed by the man's aggressive partner, cynical Gloria Beatty, host Rocky recruits Robert as a substitute. Among the throngs competing for the prize are a middle-aged sailor suffering from heart trouble; aspirant actress Alice and her partner, Joel; an impoverished farm worker, James, and his pregnant wife, Ruby; and other destitute couples. As the marathon continues, the weaker pairs are quickly eliminated, while the vulnerabilities of the stronger contestants are observed and exploited by the master of ceremonies. The theft of Alice's alternate gown stimulates mutual suspicion. After observing Alice and Robert together, Gloria takes Joel as her partner. Joel, however, receives a job offer and quits the role. Gloria's next partner is the sailor. To rekindle the spectators' enthusiasm, Rocky stages a series of derbies in which the exhausted contestants, clad in track suits, must circle the floor. In these races the last three couples are eliminated. As Gloria and the sailor participate, her partner has a heart attack. Undeterred, she lifts the man to her back and crosses the finish line. Horrified, Alice sequesters herself in the shower, where she suffers a mental breakdown. Robert and Gloria are again partners. Inspired, Rocky suggests that they marry during the marathon. When Gloria refuses, the host reveals the ... +


During the Depression, while awaiting execution for the murder of an acquaintance, Robert Syverton recalls the circumstances of the crime: Wandering on an amusement pier beside the Pacific Ocean, he recalls when, as a child, he witnessed the destruction of a favorite horse. Robert is then attracted to a dance marathon about to begin in the dilapidated Aragon Ballroom. As he watches, a contestant is disqualified because of an ominous cough. Pressed by the man's aggressive partner, cynical Gloria Beatty, host Rocky recruits Robert as a substitute. Among the throngs competing for the prize are a middle-aged sailor suffering from heart trouble; aspirant actress Alice and her partner, Joel; an impoverished farm worker, James, and his pregnant wife, Ruby; and other destitute couples. As the marathon continues, the weaker pairs are quickly eliminated, while the vulnerabilities of the stronger contestants are observed and exploited by the master of ceremonies. The theft of Alice's alternate gown stimulates mutual suspicion. After observing Alice and Robert together, Gloria takes Joel as her partner. Joel, however, receives a job offer and quits the role. Gloria's next partner is the sailor. To rekindle the spectators' enthusiasm, Rocky stages a series of derbies in which the exhausted contestants, clad in track suits, must circle the floor. In these races the last three couples are eliminated. As Gloria and the sailor participate, her partner has a heart attack. Undeterred, she lifts the man to her back and crosses the finish line. Horrified, Alice sequesters herself in the shower, where she suffers a mental breakdown. Robert and Gloria are again partners. Inspired, Rocky suggests that they marry during the marathon. When Gloria refuses, the host reveals the contest's fraudulent nature. From the prize will be deducted numerous expenses, leaving the winner with nothing. Rocky boasts that he stole Alice's dress to excite spectator interest and to stimulate the rivalrous instincts of the contestants. Disgusted with this duplicity, the couple departs. Outside Gloria attempts to shoot herself, but she cannot pull the trigger. When she requests his help, Robert obliges. Questioned by the police as to the motive for the murder, Robert can only say, "They shoot horses, don't they?" Meanwhile, the marathon continues. +

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