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

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
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A very good movie

2 years, 11 months ago at Mar 7 8:53
Since I kept hearing good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out and the fact that I always enjoyed Sydney Pollack's work made made me even more eager. Actually, it had been a while since I saw one of his movies but this one really blew me away and it is definitely one of his best efforts. I mean, I knew beforehand that it was dealing with a dance marathon but I thought those ... read more
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Description: The Depression and the Thirties. Most Americans were hungry; careers were broken; people were at a loss to understand what had happened. Most of them had been brought up to believe that if you worked hard and well, and otherwise behaved yourself, good fortune would be your fate. Yet during the Depression, failure, want, and defeat visited multitudes. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is an evocation of that time. Some have interpreted the movie as a parable about the human condition. Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel has been adapted for the screen by James Poe and Robert E. Thompson. A peculiar phenomenon of the Depression era was ... (more)
Release date: 13 August 1970
UPC: 013131092493
Tags: Drama (9), 1969 (6), Dance Marathon (6), Based On Novel (6), Dance (5), Great Depression (4), Dancing (4), 1960s (4), Competition (4), Suicide (3), Marathon (3), Hollywood (3), 1930s (3), (3), California (3), Influenza (3), Mercy Killing (3), Contest (3), Dance Contest (3), Horse (3)
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