THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

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THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

Sydney Pollack
USA, 1969
Fiction, 120min, OF

THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

Sydney Pollack
USA, 1969
Fiction, 120min, OF

Cast: 
Jane Fonda
Gloria Beatty
Michael Sarrazin
Robert Syverton
Susannah York
Alice
Gig Young
Rocky
Red Buttons
Matrose
Bonnie Bedelia
Ruby
Michael Conrad
Rollo
Bruce Dern
James
Al Lewis
Turkey
Robert Fields
Joel
Severn Darden
Cecil
Screenplay: 
James Poe und Robert E. Thompson nach dem Roman von Horace McCoy
Sound: 
Tom Overton
Camera: 
Philip H. Lathrop
Editor: 
Fredric Steinkamp
Composer: 
Frank Eyton
Jay Gorney
Johnny Green
E.Y. Harburg
Decoration: 
Harry Horner
Costume: 
Donfeld

Production: 
American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
World Sales: 
The Walt Disney Company 350 South Buena Vista Street Burbank, 91521 California, USA T 818 560 2000
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Based on Horace McCoy's 1935 novel, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is set in a dance hall marathon during the Great Depression. While Fred and Ginger danced away their cares in Hollywood's Shall We Dance, starving, hopeless people performed for pennies. Like standing in line for food stamps, contestants jostle to complete their entry forms: The prize is 1,500 dollar, the last couple standing wins. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? showcases people's selfishness and desperation, their struggle for success, and their need to know that someone else is worse off than they are. It makes a pageant out of primal instinct: survival of the fittest.
«It was a germinal moment for me. This was the first time in my life as an actor that I was working on a film about larger societal issues, and instead of my professional work feeling peripheral to life, it felt relevant.» (Jane Fonda)