Had enough of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-baiting horsey love-in? Well another equine-based drama arrives on our screens this Saturday and with a second series already in the (nose)bag, Luck looks like it could be worth a look. Dustin Hoffman stars as Chester “Ace” Bernstein, an organised crime boss who returns to horse-racing after a stint in jail and in homage to the great man, we’ve tracked his career in video form. LUCK begins at 9pm on Saturday 18th February on Sky Atlantic
THE GRADUATE (1967)
Dustin’s breakthrough role came 45 years ago opposite the original MILF. *SPOILER WARNING* ..Yes she was trying to seduce him.
STRAW DOGS (1971)
Sam Peckinpah’s psychological thriller caused a stir when it was released and got the remake treatment last year. The YouTube piggies wouldn’t let us have a clip, but here’s the trailer. That’s a clip, right?
A biography of noted comedian Lenny Bruce, Dustin’s performance won him an Oscar nomination..
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)
A gigantically-haired Hoffman played iconic investigative journalist Carl Bernstein in this Watergate movie.
MARATHON MAN (1976)
1976 was a good year for Hoffman and he achieved more box-office success as the eponymous runner in this John Schlesinger suspense/thriller. Contains a Nazi dentist..
KRAMER VS KRAMER (1979)
The star of Luck finally got an Academy Award for his performance opposite Oscar-magnet Meryl Streep in this drama about a couple going through a divorce. It’s the poor kid we feel sorry for though. He won nothing..
RAIN MAN (1988)
In one of Hoffman’s finest performances, he plays Raymond Babbit, an autistic savant who inherits a load of cash from his old man, but can’t say his name properly (hence the film’s title). When his yuppyish brother Tom Cruise finds out, he’s none-too-pleased.
The American played quintessentially English villain Captain Hook in this ever-popular children’s fantasy. Nice performance, although anyone who loses a sword fight to Robin Williams should hang their head in shame..
MEET THE FOCKERS (2004)
Hoffman played a tree-hugging trustafarian in this box-office monster of a sequel.
KUNG-FU PANDA (2008)
Dustin was the voice of Jack Black’s mentor Master Shifu and returned for last year’s follow-up. Easy work if you can get it..