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Three 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.
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…
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…
First off, this movie is an enjoyable spy thriller. All the aspects of it that relate to spies, spying, double crosses, hitmen, Max von Sydow, conspiracies, veiled threats, not-so-veiled threats, John Houseman, Max von Sydow (seriously, he's really good here), are all great. Top-notch. Lot's of fun.
But this is one of those films where men are men (in this case a rather bookish Robert Redford) and women are plot devices. Everything dealing with Faye Dunaway in this movie (except for Faye Dunaway herself, because 70s Dunaway was pretty awesome) was horribly awkward, and a touch, well, rapey. The interactions between Redford and Dunaway veer into an unbelievable night of romance (as in I couldn't believe it was happening NOT…
Film # 15 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 8" Challenge
Task # 8: A film about political conspiracy
“Three Days of the Condor”, by director Sydney Pollack, is an excellent thriller. Good acting, strong story and with the setting of ‘70s New York you have two hours of excitement.
Joey ‘Condor’ Turner (Robert Redford) is confronted with brutal violence, he panics and runs. A cat and mouse game is being played between an anonymous hitman and CIA researcher Turner.
Strong is the feel of paranoia that Pollack managed to create. By using long shots and no sound he manages to make Turner suspect a woman and child to be enemies. Turner has to run for his life after…
A very weird movie.......... i remember specifically the sequence when all the colleagues of Redford are being shot dead - very strange atmosphere.
The ingredients here are 'spionage', CIA and 'you can not trust anybody!
One of those movies which made me say " I wanted more!!!"..It's a fairly decent movie,but it should have been more gripping. The romantic angle just bogs down the proceedings and would have been better suited in a movie about solely love. Even the main motive is a letdown and when it is explained towards the end,my interest waned. After an impressive opening 20 minutes it never really soars.
Film #10 of the Scavenger Hunt #8 Challenge
Item #8: A film about political conspiracy
A pretty damn good conspiracy film. I haven't seen many of Sydney Pollack's movie but this was certainly one of the best. My only complaint was that it was too slow, but you can chalk that up to me being born in the 80s.
Film 9/30 of the "Scavenger Hunt #8" Challenge!
My Scavenger Hunt #8 List.
8. A film about political conspiracy!
an excellent piece of political thriller that thrives in human survival reminiscent of Will Smith's character in Enemy Of The State. almost two hours of running time are quite understandable trying to be precise with the intimate details without overstaying - it doesn't need any editing tricks to fully portray the rush of the main character without being too dependent on pacing and action. Robert Redford is certainly great in pressing his character's adrenaline every time it was needed onscreen, aside from the repeated announcements that he is just a librarian, there is film acceptance without turning absurd. Pollack…
Como thriller de espías posiblemente sea de los mejores que se pueden ver, con un Robert Redford continuamente acosado y sin opciones que poco a poco buscar averiguar qué ha pasado y un Max von Sydow que él solo llena la pantalla.
La historia de amor ya me parece metida con calzador e innecesaria, pero imagino que serán cosas de la época. Pero vamos, una grandísima película, de esas que hay que ver.
On the run from shadowy government agencies, Robert Redford kidnaps Faye Dunaway. She lets him fuck her, because it's the mid 70s.
Faye Dunaway let's Robert Redford fuck her even though he kidnapped and abused her because obviously. I mean, come on have you seen Robert Redford in 1975?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I can't believe that I have ignored this film for so long, thinking it to be some minor entry in the whole sub-genre of Watergate-era paranoid conspiracy thrillers. It's wonderful. I love its silences, its muted wintry palate, its loping groovy soundtrack of Rhodes jazz and occasional Xmas carols, , its melancholy, its New York apartment interiors of books, books, tapestries and books, Redford's wardrobe, Faye Dunaway's bare-landscape sadness, the weird Edward Snowdon parallels, how it seems to be caught halfway between the mid 70s cinematic aesthetics of European and American cinema, and poised between an America of security and plenty and an oil-crisis America of doubt and fear, and I really like how Max Von Sydow gets to reprise the role of Death, but Death with a really neat hat and sinister mustache.
In early June, 2013, my best friend killed herself.
She took a cab to the middle of nowhere and vanished,…
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