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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?


Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young View All


Sydney Pollack (Director), James Poe (Screenplay), Robert E. Thompson (Screenplay) View All

Released: Dec. 10th, 1969
Runtime: 2 hours
In the midst of the Great Depression, manipulative emcee Rocky enlists contestants for a dance marathon offering a $1,500 cash prize. Among them are a failed actress, a middle-aged sailor, a delusional blonde and a pregnant girl.
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I like the metaphorical irony that our main characters are depressed as they can't work in movies, which are an escape for people in the Depression era, but they end up torturing themselves in the dance competition, which is also an escape for the Depression era spectators.
Citizen Rules
I felt like one of the spectators watching the dance contest...I could see the couples dance, but that's about all I knew of their lives.