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3 Days of the Condor
His CIA code name is Condor. In the next seventy-two hours almost everyone he trusts will try to kill him.
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
The shadow of Watergate looms large over this story of agencies within agencies, secret organisations shaping the world around us. The Nixon scandal was the springboard for Hollywood to produce a number of high quality thrillers exploring similar themes, all wrapped in a healthy dose of paranoia.
Robert Redford puts on a superb display as the man-on-the-run constantly looking over his shoulder with the CIA hot on his footsteps. He keeps the tension in place from the moment he walks back into his office and discovers every single working colleague has been murdered whilst on the lunch-run.
The idea behind the film from Redford's point of view is a little far fetched although he brings a lot of credibility to…
Now that's how you do a 1970s political thriller. Dark, mysterious, and still as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.
I don't remember yesterday. Today it rained.
Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford might not have been the greatest director/actor duo in film, but they managed to put together some solid films with a few great ones in the mix. This is one of them. A political thriller based on James Grady's novel Six Days of the Condor. It was changed to "3 Days" for the film because Redford doesn't need 6 days to pull off this sort of shit.
Screenwriters David Rayfiel and Lorenzo Semple Jr. adapted a near perfect political thriller from the novel. They manage to take Redford's character, Joe Turner, and put his life in immediate danger without him knowing the reasons behind it or…
I may have mentioned before that I find Robert Redford's eyes to be beautiful. He has a little sadness in them, just the right amount, and a little squint he does that denies you just the right amount of the whites. They're blue, but they don't stand out like some blue eyes (cough Newman cough). They're subtle, but they are very expressive. With a face that seems prematurely lined, with such a famously handsome countenance, his eyes still stand out somehow. They are a work of art. I always find it distracting when he covers them with glasses, because they distract from the way his face naturally frames his eyes to be perfect little metaphysical windows. They put new meaning…
I love 1970s conspiracy thrillers and although I had seen Three Days Of The Condor before, I didn't actually remember much about it aside from the opening 20 minutes or so. After that, it was a bit of a blur.
It's perhaps because that is actually the best part of the film. Although this is often claimed to be one of the very best films of its type, it really isn't. It's frequently frustrating and yet I think it's the sign of the truly great film it could have been that it still manages to be engaging even despite the quite significant flaws that it does have:-
1) Robert Redford plays a bookworm nerd. How do we portray this Hollywood…
I was drawn in from the start by the ultra-70's style computer font used in the opening credits, and the combination of the NYC circa 1975 setting and Robert Redford's charismatic good looks, raised my suspension of disbelief to the proper threshold for this stylish thriller.
My lukewarm feelings towards this might simply be the result of this film being repeatedly stripmined in some fashion over the past 40 years (though maybe it's my own fault that the Von Sydow / Redford elevator scene made me think of The Winter Soldier), but my tepid reception is probably more due to the handling of the Redford / Dunaway assault / rape insinuation / assault / love subplot and the iffiness of the script -- cf. Matt Lynch's observations re: the phone number (& also the mailman assassin carrying a piece of office stationary with pertinent contact information), & also the work that wasn't done in service of actually selling Dunaway's change of heart.
(insert dad-worthy harumphing about how the editing of the Redford / mailman throwdown is how you quick-cut your way through a fight sequence, you damn hacks)
Intelligent 70's set thriller directed by Sydney Pollack. Robert Redford (Joe Turner) is working for a downtown book reading store, its not until he returns from the morning cake run and realises all colleagues are dead that you find out he is actually a CIA code-breaker named 'Condor' and his life is in danger. Faye Dunaway appears as his not-too-keen captive/accomplice/love-interest with Max Von Sydow in menacing form as the hitman on his trail.
A good spy thriller short on character development and a lazy love story/interest. I just didn't buy that at all, I actually was pretty close to turning it off at that point, it was so terribly done and unrealistic. After that scene though it got a bit better, the whole oil plot was nicely done and prophetic seeing that is pretty much what is happening 40 years later. Robert Redford is great, he does have a lot of screen presence and I enjoyed watching him. Max Von Sydow also is a highlight but he's pretty much great in anything so that's no surprise.There are some really great shots of New York City and the twin towers, the cinematography is one of the highlights of the film for sure. 3 Days Of The Condor might have been a great thriller in the 70's but now it really show's it age.
Well made and engrossing suspense thriller that reeks awesomely of the 70s. It doesn't all come together as satisfyingly as I would have hoped, but it was an entertaining ride nonetheless. Unfortunately, what might have seemed outrageous or hard to believe back then - what with the corrupt government agencies and all - seems to be merely conventional wisdom today. The film is so effective though that instead of feeling dated it seems eerily prescient.
Certainly works best as a chilling examination of the covert activities within the CIA. Where seemingly, the slaughter of Redford's staff appeared to be about a translated mystery novel—went to reveal a scarily prophetic plan which uncovered Middle Eastern oil fields. Much of the mood is also permeated with a public uneasiness about secrecy in high places. So this is all tonally commendable. But as a psychological underlying between technology and privacy? No, Turner's traits do not possess the fleshing of Caul's and this ain't The Conversation. Or even, the levels of high-wire suspense in Marathon Man. Stronger character work and literally nail-biting tension was more evident in the aforementioned two. Still, it's quite good. People trash the sex scene, but I like knowing that a drawn connection was formed between shared stress. Only to be brilliantly inter-spliced by barren, leafless November photographs. Incredible.
This is a really interesting thriller with a great premise and some good performances. Redford plays a pretty good character who is easy to root for even if we don't know that much about him. The romance subplot sucks and probably should have been left out of the film, but it's still a good movie.
"I am not a spy. I just read books!"
Joe Turner is an analyst working for the CIA at an off-the-books location in Manhattan. He's having a typical day at the office, looking over paperwork and flirting with a co-worker, but things are about to take a turn for the worst. He's out getting lunch when a highly-trained hit squad gets into the office and efficiently kills everyone there. Joe returns, surveys the scene and immediately goes on the run. Before he knows it, he's at the center of a conspiracy that gets more complicated by the hour and there's no one to trust, least of all the people he worked for.
As Turner, Redford possesses the right mix of…
Three Days of the Condor hit all the right spots for me. It's a fleet-footed paranoia thriller with great turns from the whole cast (especially Max Von Sydow as the world's most considerate hitman), terrific tension, and very thoughtful editing. It's always great to see a protagonist that's capable of staying in step with their pursuers, and Redford does a great job of mixing his usual confidence with a more nervy, nearly neurotic demeanor. Damn fine ending, even as it leaves things with a big question mark than a more conclusive ending would.
Has its moments, but the Dunaway-Redford relationship never really clicked for me. Von Sydow is fantastic, though, and the ending is absolutely perfect.
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