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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, disturbing, atmospheric, serious, depressing, compassionate, dramatic, harsh ...
Plot: dancing, depression, dance, death, suicide, contests and competitions, friendship, loneliness, character study, down on your luck, tragedy, existentialism, life & death, drinking, social decay, brutality, life philosophy, runaway, crime gone awry, greed, storytelling, dialogue, society, catastrophe, humanity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, california, new york, santa monica california, minneapolis minnesota, pacific ocean, dallas texas ...
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, talky and serious films with plots about loneliness, depression, mentor, storytelling, honest, character study and redemption mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like They Shoot Horses, Don't They?: The Pawnbroker (1964), Interiors (1978), Goodbye Solo (2008), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Ironweed (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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