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A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
A movie about sinister forces at work in the CIA with big scenes set at the World Trade Center and in a Ford Bronco? It's like the nexus of all conspiracy theories!
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…
"...November - Not Autumn, Not Winter, But In-Between"
This to me is the whole key to Three Days Of The Condor, a panoramic spread of earth tones, dull oranges, beiges, rough textiles, brick, grey skies, damp weather systems. There have been few films before or since which really caught the way in which a front moves through Sprawl of the United States Eastern Seaboard, so that the same large-scale event happens in slightly different ways at slightly different times in New York City and Washington D.C., how it sets in and moves along, out to sea. Three Days Of The Condor feels like November, maybe just after Thanksgiving, but right before the full onslaught of XMZZ Spirits (at least in…
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…
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…
Netter Verschwörungsthriller mit einem tollen Robert Redford.
Successfully captures the paranoia and distrust of institutions in the 1970s through a tightly directed and well scripted spy thriller. An, of course, you gotta love Redford and Sydow
Great suspenseful movie. They don't make them like they used to.
They just don't make them like this anymore παιδιά...
Κατασκοπικό θρίλερ , ο ορισμός του είδους με ηθοποιούς που "δεν βγαίνουν πια"
Ahhh, nothing like a good old-fashioned Cold War espionage thriller from the ‘70’s, huh? Paranoia and tradecraft abound as CIA bookworm Joseph Turner (Robert Redford) is left in the cold after his New York station is hit by unknown assassins. Not an operational asset (he’s an analyst, fer chrissakes!), Turner ends up on the run from those deadly enemies looking to finish the job, and it’s up to him to regroup and fight back with both his basic combat and evasive training and the asset that got him in this deep shit in the first place – his BRAIN. A thinking man’s spy thriller, it’s a game of cat and mouse as Turner figures out who in the CIA he…
I generally liked the movie quite a bit, and can recognize that the relationship aspect of the film is a product of the 70's, but I just did not like the use of Faye Dunaway's character. She's not developed enough in any way for us to really get why she comes around to helping Condor except out of fear for her own life. So she is kidnapped then joins his team. I feel like if they had had sex later in the film after he had been proven to be telling the truth it would have worked a bit better. Problematic, but it's also of the times. Aside from that I did really like all the Cold War spy stuff happening. The movie was pretty tense at time and had a couple good little set pieces. Good movie overall though.
This story of conspiracies and government cover up helped to spawn the fashion craze of 1975: turtleneck sweater and trench coat mania. Personally, at the age of three, I preferred the Cliff Robertson comb forward.
If I had one question it would be for R. Redford: "Why did you have to be such a creep to F. Dunaway?
Pretty good movie. I expect to see a lot of little Max Von Sydows running around terrorizing the neighbourhood at Halloween.
What may have once read as a liberal paranoia thriller, willing to denounce the government, now reads like our neocon fantasies of a corrupt establishment meant to be replaced by an Ur-Man übermensch who rapes his way into romance and hates his way into efficacy. It's often very unpleasant, which is unfortunate because of how darned well filmed it is. Three of my favorite actors get major roles here and none of them get characters worth their talents.
An interesting suspense thriller that got bogged down in the love affair between Redford and Dunaway. Redford and Dunaway were actually pretty good together, although the pacing slows down during their scenes together.
Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, and John Houseman are all solid.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…