Three chilling words, spoken repeatedly by a sadistic exiled Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier), become a nightmare catchphrase for Thomas "Babe" Levy (Dustin Hoffman), a Manhattan graduate student who is innocently swept into a deadly international conspiracy involving a renegade U.S. government agent and a fortune in stolen diamonds. Director John Schlesinger builds terror and suspense in this thrilling adaptation of William Goldman's best-selling novel. The film's acclaimed cast also includes Roy Scheider, William Devane and Marthe Keller; Olivier garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination' for his terrifyingly unforgettable role of Christian Szell, a former concentration camp dentist.
Although there are some scenes with Hoffman running in a park, he is neither very good at it nor is there much point to it. The plot is much more about Hoffman's character caught unwittingly in a horrible mistake. His brother is an agent and a particularly unpleasant dentist is after him. I was a little surprised how highly vaunted this film has become. It is not brilliant, Hoffman's acting is a bit strange sometimes but you soon get caught up in it.