They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern

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Based on the novel of the same name by Horace McCoy, this 1969 movie is set in a ballroom during a marathon dance competition in the early 1930s. These brutal, endless shows were sort of the "reality TV shows" of that era: competitive dancers moved around the floor till they dropped, in pursuit of a cash prize. Gloria (Fonda) is a cynical, no-b.s. gal hoping to score big, Robert (Sarrazin) a young and wide-eyed innocent by comparison. Susannah York plays Alice, a glamour girl who loses all composure and goes nuts and dirty as a result of the pressure. This study in social pathology, of hollow victories in a game that is perpetually rigged, reflected the bitter side of the late 1960s as well as the time in which it is set. Nominated for 9 Academy Awards, only Gig Young walked away with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as the ever-jovial emcee.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   dancer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   rude people Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   sports arena    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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