Digital Review

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Its flash-forward framing device notwithstanding, Sydney Pollack's dance-marathon movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They? has probably aged better than any American film of its time; the drama is beautifully shot and written, while the acting (Gig Young won an Oscar, deservedly) is out of this world. This limited edition — letterboxed, with the soundtrack newly restored for stereo — looks and sounds as fresh as paint. Its supplemental materials (a making-of featurette, a running commentary by Pollack) are first-rate and occasionally revelatory — who knew that Warren Beatty was up for Michael Sarrazin's part? That casting might have put a disturbingly literal spin on Beatty's rep as a lady-killer. A

Originally posted Jun 21, 1996 Published in issue #332 Jun 21, 1996 Order article reprints