The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
Now that's how you do a 1970s political thriller. Dark, mysterious, and still as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.
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 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…
hmmm. Nothing much happened but then again, they might be after you, or not. Who do you trust? Hmmmm.
Redford is always good in a spy movie! It is interesting how little technology is present in this film as compared to more recent spy movies.
The romance between Redford and Dunaway is super distracting and too sensitive for the story arch, everything else rules, especially Sydow
great spy thriller. i really like that they played redford as just a smart guy with basic military training and not some james bond type. definitely coulda done without the weirdly tacked on creepy romance. there are other less lazy ways to establish trust between two characters besides having them get jiggy with it.
Suspenseful, if not overly exciting.
An engaging 70s political espionage thriller where Robert Redford survives an office massacre thanks to the weather and his desire to get a bite to eat. Of course, him being the survivor means he has to go on the run, Jason Bourne-style (to use a modern comparison), unaware whether he can trust his employers or not.
The first twenty minutes are great; the characterisation, setting up of the story, who 'Condor' is. It all just works and blends everything together brilliantly. Unfortunately it slows down from that high point and although always exciting, there's a fairly ridiculous romantic subplot thrown in that only served to slow the film down. The reason for the massacre isn't bad and the final frame is class.
Classic 70s paranoid thriller about secret services inside the secret services. Sydney Pollack knows how to keep the suspense going with some classy directing and the actors are all very good in this.
Three Days of the Condor is a surprisingly acute political thriller. It has gained revelance with time. It was another paranoid, cynical thriller when it was released. However, looking at it now, with its repeated lingering shots on the World Trade Centre buildings, with its plot focused on the middle east, and oil, it seems all the more accurate. It is not trying to be anything other than a really good thriller, but it has gained something in the 40 years since it was made.
The film is a great picture, that has a lot of intrigue, and some really convincing action set-pieces. The violence is surprisingly grim, while Robert Redford's unlikely hero has occasional moments of Jason Bourne style…
I liked the performances of Dunaway, Redford, and Von Sydow, but the plot moved a little too slowly at points.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!