"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Pollack received his first Oscar nomination for best director for his riveting work on this harrowing 1969 drama based on Horace McCoy's story. Set during the Great Depression, the drama revolves around a group of disparate losers, drifters and unemployed people who sign up for a grueling dance marathon. "Horses" holds the record for the most Oscar nominations earned -- nine -- without receiving one for best picture. The performances are exceptional, with Jane Fonda receiving her first Oscar nomination for best actress as a lonely young woman at the end of her ropes; Oscar nominee Susannah York as a Jean-Harlow-esque failed starlet who descends into madness; Red Buttons as an elderly contestant; and Gig Young, in his Academy Award-winning turn as the dance hall's Machiavellian manager and announcer. "Horses" is a hard watch, but well worth the journey.
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