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I expected to just be entertained, but I was moved. It's the first film that's actually given ME the feeling of living through the Great Depression. Barely living. Men jumped off buildings and road the boxcars, but here I felt Jane Fonda's hunger and hopelessness. No place to go, not a penny if she doesn't win this thing, and all the other women in that room are just as destitute, with one very pregnant. In the last quarter of the movie they have to quickstep around the track "Heels down!" and they look like The Living Dead, or people from a concentration camp...if that's not startling enough, Sydney Pollack does all this scene switching and stop-starting of our track views. It's surreal and yet some of the most wonderful cinematography I've ever seen. Very good movie that stays with you. Gig Young deserved the Oscar for his portrayal of Rocky.
A great unexpected performance.
Gig Young received an oscar for his role as the tragic-sadistic mc, showman of the dance marathon. He most often played the good natured, wise cracking guy - as in many a Doris Day film. His performance here was like his own life at the time: an alcoholic has been. A must see movie for all Gig fans.
I first saw this movie when I was only 8 years old and it was the first film I ever saw that lingered with me for days later. I hesitate to call it "Entertainment" because it accurately portrays a dance marathon during the depression and how far the different characters will go to win. Most are driven by poverty or desperate circumstances and quitting is not an option. It shows how something "pretty" on the surface (ie. dance marathon) can actually be very horrible underneath the casual view. A must see at least once. I believe it is Jane Fonda's best performance and that says a lot. I hope to see it on TCM soon. Especially because it also demonstrates the talents of Sydney Pollack. A classic of the gritty realism of life and ranks up there with "the Grapes of Wrath" for depicting a historical time and place.