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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Overview:

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Sydney Pollack and produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Johnny Green and Theodore B. Sills.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Horace McCoy published in 1935.

Academy Awards 1969 --- Ceremony Number 42 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorGig YoungWon
Best ActressJane FondaNominated
Best Supporting ActressSusannah YorkNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Harry Horner; Set Decoration: Frank McKelvyNominated
Best Costume DesignDonfeldNominated
Best DirectorSydney PollackNominated
Best Film EditingFredric SteinkampNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdaptation score by John Green and Albert WoodburyNominated
Best WritingJames Poe, Robert E. ThompsonNominated

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Alice: Somebody screamed.
Rocky: That was you, Alice.

Policeman: Why'd you do it, kid?
Robert: Because she asked me to.
Policeman: Obliging bastard. Is that the only reason you got, kid?
Robert: They shoot horses, don't they?

Rocky: My father never made it out of the fourth grade. He knew people. But he didn't know his ass from his elbow. You know what he was? He was a faith healer. I used to travel the circut with him. I was the one he healed. I was the shill, to set the crowd up. "Walk, my boy. When I lay my hands on you, you will walk." You will walk. Sodden old bastard. He thought it was him they believed in, but it was me.

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Two of the couples are sponsored by Winkler's Travel Agency and Sills Collection Agency. Irwin Winkler and Theodore B. Sills are among the producers of the film.
Sydney Pollack shot some of the frightening derby sequences himself, donning a pair of roller skates to get right in the action with the frantically heel/toe-ing actors.
Barbara Parkins was offered, but turned down, a role in this film.
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