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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.
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!
"...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…
Sydney Pollock’s venture into conspiracy thriller after Watergate scandal, in NYC, an erudite CIA analyser Joe Turner (Redford), codename condor, by sheer luck, escapes from a slaughter when he sneaks out to buy lunch for his colleagues, all six, being cold-bloodedly shot dead by armed men in an efficient raid in their office, including his Asian girlfriend Janice (Chen).
In the handsomely structured opening gambit, Pollock proficiently alternates his shots between a leisurely atmosphere in Turner’s office, it is just another working day, and the impending danger outside in the raining, where a sullen-looking stranger, later discovered as a freelance assassin Mr. Jounert (von Sydow) and his sidekicks, minutely observe the situations and single out the names on the roster…
Robert Redford in a coat and those glasses is one day going to kill me. It's a fact.
One of my father's favorite films of all time. It took him three days to understand "Three Days.." because he was sick at the time, and HBO kept playing it, so he kept watching it. Thankfully I wasn't sick with whatever he had at the time, and was entertained with a paranoia thriller unique with that early-to-mid-70s style. I can't get enough of this period.
No cinema norte-americano dos anos 70, surgiram, depois do Caso Watergate, algumas produções dedicadas a conspirações. "A trama", com Warren Beatty", é uma das melhores, sucedida por "Três dias do condor".
O roteiro de Lorenzo Semple Jr. e David Rayfiel, adaptado de um romance de James Grady, mostra Joe Turner, um analista da CIA que tem como código "Condor". Ele trabalha na "American Literary Historical Society", em Nova York, e sua tarefa é acompanhar jornais, livros e revistas da Espanha, Arábia e Holanda, com o objetivo de descobrir mensagens subliminares, embora não entenda exatamente o motivo. Num de seus almoços, acontece algo imprevisível na sociedade. Quem entra em contato com ele é seu chefe de Departamento, Wicks (Michael Kane).
A great film that really withholds information for a great payoff at the end. It’s the kind of movie that the characters do know much more than you and don’t waste time explaining things to you all the time, inviting audiences to catch up with good and bad guys in a world that will get the careless killed with no mercy.
Redford is awesome as usual. He is Jason Bourne other side of the spectrum and yet it works because he really convinces you that he is fighting for his life.
I never liked Faye Dunaway’s acting style. She is always off for me (check The Network, and maybe you’ll understand what I mean). Max Von Sydow’s character is the complete opposite. His professional killer alone could’ve made a great spinoff.
In the end, Pollack has made a great spy film that, just like the others, is very contemporary and scary true to reality 40 years later.
A thriller? Put that in quotation marks. What a boring movie!
That printer was so loud. This is the blueprint for so many spy thrillers to come. Excellent storytelling Redford's Joe Turner is Edward Snowden from 40 something years ago.
I think its difficult for me to review this movie honestly. I got to thinking why I don't care for spy or espionage movies, I love thrillers and mysteries. but I came to realize I am one of those people that the movies talks about at the end, that doesn't really want to know. I believe that the awfulness that happens in this movie does really happen in real life but I'd rather not know that it exists. Robert Redford was great and very believable. In my opinion this is a typical Faye Dunaway role. Michael Caine is the perfect for hire assassin.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!