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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) Poster

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Holds the record for the movie with the most Academy Award nominations without a nomination for Best Picture: 9.
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.
Julie Christie and Barbra Streisand turned down the role of Gloria Beatty.
Screenwriter James Poe planned to make his directing debut with this film, seeing it as a low-budget movie without stars. He had planned to use Shirley Knight as Gloria, Lionel Stander as Rocky, Allen Jenkins as Sailor and his own wife Barbara Steele in another role. The deal fell through, the film became much more expensive, Poe's script was rewritten (and, he claimed, softened) and stars were cast in the leading roles - some of them former clients of ex-agent Martin Baum, who was involved in producing the film.
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Warren Beatty and Robert Redford were considered for the role of Robert Syverton.
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Jane Fonda was the odds-on favorite to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this film, so it came as a surprise when she lost to Maggie Smith for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). It was speculated that Fonda's arrest on Fort Hood military reservation as well as rumors of drug use and adultery recently prior thereto had cost her the award.
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Barbara Parkins was offered, but turned down, a role in this film.
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Actress Jane Fonda and director Sydney Pollack later both collaborated on The Electric Horseman (1979).
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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.
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According to an interview with star Michael Sarrazin, this film was shown to the public in Russia as a piece of anti-American propaganda on the evils of capitalism.
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The Rolling Stones used the film's set as a rehearsal space prior to a pair of shows at The Forum as part of their 1969 U.S. tour.
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The title has been parodied over the decades by Fonda picketers carrying signs reading "They Shoot Traitors, Don't They?"
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This film was shot in continuity.
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Sydney Pollack rewrote James Poe's original script to make the story more claustrophobic.
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Everything was lit from overhead.
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Sydney Pollack thought the arrangements of the various songs featured in the film in the rough cut were too polished, so he had them simplified.
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Gig Young was sick with the flu when he acted in this movie.
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Jack Clayton at one point was slated to direct this film.
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Bob Fosse was approached to direct this film, but turned said offer down.
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