They Shoot Horses, Don t They? (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

Screen legend Jane Fonda (Coming Home) stars in this vivid, fascinating film as a woman driven to seize her last best chance during the very worst of times. A brilliant achievement by director Sydney Pollack (The Scalphunters), They Shoot Horses, Don t They? is a stunning period piece recognized as one of the most highly acclaimed films of its time. In Depression-era America, desperation spawned a bizarre fad: the dance marathon where couples competed to stay on their feet for thousands of hours, and audiences flocked to watch. But Gloria (Fonda) doesn’t think of herself as a spectacle. She is a fierce, unforgiving contestant in a battle she’s determined to win. At stake is much more than the $1,500 prize; the event is her only hope for dignity, accomplishment and salvation. The stellar cast includes Michael Sarrazin (The Reincarnation of Peter Proud), Susannah York (The Killing of Sister George), Gig Young (Five Miles to Midnight), Red Buttons (The Poseidon Adventure), Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard), Bruce Dern (The Laughing Policeman), Michael Conrad (Monte Walsh) and Al Lewis (The Munsters). Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Actress (Fonda), Supporting Actress (York), Director (Pollack), Screenplay (James Poe, Robert E. Thompson) and winner of Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Young).

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Sydney Pollack
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
Making-of Featurette
Reversible Blu-ray Art
Original Theatrical Trailer
Coming Home – Theatrical Trailer

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3 thoughts on “They Shoot Horses, Don t They? (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

  1. The most perfect film ever made You may or may not agree with me on this, but I think our responses to art, no matter the art – painting and sculpture, music, the written word, theater, film – are inextricably entwined with two conditions at the time we experience the art: the times we live in and the mood we’re in at the time. Our responses are colored, nuanced, by the state of the world at large, the state of our country, the state of our city or town, and our own life circumstances, our mood, within all of that. All…

  2. Classic Gladiators, professional fighters, ice skaters — the public gathers to see the performers get hurt. Gig Young says it best when he says “They just want to see a little misery out there.”Perhaps the most fantastic scene is when Susannah York pulls Michael Sarrazin into a closet for something that seems like sex but really isn’t. It’s human contact she wants. “Where were you born? Tell me about your brothers and sisters.” True, she is pulling the straps of her dress…

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