Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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…
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!
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…
To be honest this classic Political Thriller came to my attention after if was cited as an inspiration in the build up to the release of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. Having now seen both I can see how and why it was referenced, and not just by the casting of Robert Redford in both films.
Here he plays a low level CIA employee who gets mixed up in a conspiracy. The story starts well with an interesting set up, but I wasn't convinced by Faye Dunaway's character. Not that she was bad, just that it took the plot in a slightly different direction.
This film is very much of it's time. All the technological aspects are obviously very dated…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I like political thrillers as a general rule but this one left me cold. The conspiracy and plot in general is pretty lightweight, and I had issues with the 'romance.' I get standards have changed but taking someone hostage and then tying them up in a bathroom is just not the recipe to end up in a romance in my opinion.
Sydney Pollack's competent 1975 time waster stars Robert Redford as a minor CIA functionary who goes on a rampage against the Company when his coworkers are wiped out in a mysterious raid. Basically, the film is a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness. With Faye Dunaway, John Houseman, Max von Sydow, and Cliff Robertson. 117 min.
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Sydney Pollack's exciting neo-noir 3 Days of the Condor tells the story of a man named Joe Turner, code name: Condor, who works for the CIA. After an unfortunate series of events involving his whole team getting murdered while he is out to lunch, he must elude all of the people trying to get him and find out exactly what is going on.
I love 1970s neo-noirs, Chinatown being one of my all-time favourite movies. While this film may not be quite as good as that one or even one of the best neo-noirs I have seen, it is still extremely thrilling and fun to watch. Some of the scenes can get extremely tense and it all worked brilliantly with…
Some of it seemed implausible and too easy, but it is a solid well made paranoid thriller with much relevance to today.
Still one of the best movies ever made.
Pretty solid spy film. Solidly embedded in the era it was made, but I think that's a good thing in this case.
Not sure why every cover I've seen has the weird sex scene with Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. Pretty inconsequential part of the film, in my opinion.
Joe Turner, codenamed "Condor" (Robert Redford), is an analyst at the CIA, tasked with reading newly-published books to ferret out enemy coded messages. One day, while he is out getting lunch for his station, an assassination squad takes out his co-workers. All alone and not sure who to trust, he kidnaps a woman named Kathy (Faye Dunaway) to use her apartment as a hideout. Joe has to use all his wits in order to stay alive long enough to get to the bottom of things.
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