YMMV / They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

YMMV tropes for the novel:

  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The novel was not very popular in the United States, Horace McCoy's home country, but it was very popular in French existential circles (even though it was not translated into French until 1946); among its fans was screenwriter and director Roger Vadim, who persuaded his wife, Jane Fonda, to accept the role of Gloria in the film adaptation despite her initial reservations.
  • Vindicated by History: The novel was poorly received when it was released.

YMMV tropes for the film:

  • Adaptation Displacement: The film tends to be better-received than the book is, probably due to the fact that the film can expand more easily on the themes of the very short book.
  • Award Snub: This film holds the dubious distinction of having the most Academy Award nominations (nine) of any title that didn't get a Best Picture nomination. And of those nominees, only Gig Young (Best Supporting Actor) took a statue home.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The film ends with Robert helping Gloria to shoot herself. In 1978, Gig Young, who played Rocky in the film, shot his wife Kim Schmidt and then himself; no motive for the apparent murder-suicide was ever established.