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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…
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…
A superbly crafted 70s conspiracy thriller filled with paranoia.
"It didn't have to end this way".
"Of course it did".
Redford throbs class as the Bradley Pitt in this seventies Burn After Reading.
What a disappointment. I've been waiting literally decades (two) to see this (as it's generally been unavailable) so I've found it even more frustrating!
It started out well, the first 15 minutes are truly terrific* - and all the elements are there: 70s New York, spies, an innocent man on the run...
But then... After a terribly ill-judged love scene, it all goes downhill (with the exception of one good fight).
It seems to ape both The Parallax View and The 39 Steps but falls far short of both.
Watch those instead.
*People in the '70s seemed to say 'terrific' a lot.
Everyone is firing on all cylinders in this (as is the crew behind it)
Never seen Faye Dunaway so vulnerable and appealing
Final conversation is one for the archives, for sure.
A step paved over by a Robert Redford at the peak of his stardom, as Turner (Condor) he is confident in his intelligence and anxious in the revelation that he bosses aren’t paradigms of good. Despite being forced into violence on both his peers and innocent civilians, Redford is always empathetic, and coolly charismatic. Ending with one of the greatest final lines of dialogue that’s simultaneously triumphant and powerless, Three Days of the Condor is of the triumphs of Hollywood’s second golden age. A true Master of Cinema.
Full Review on The Geek Show
Suspenseful and Von Sydow is brilliant but the romance feels entirely unbelievable
'70s paranoid conspiracy thriller par excellence, combined with a partial Hitchcockian 'small'-man-on-the-run suspense film.
It's not perfect: it's a little overlong, and a touch too convoluted and preposterous. And the tacked-on romance between Robert Redford and his kidnap victim Faye Dunaway is as pointless as it is ridiculous.
Otherwise this is a tense and gripping post-Watergate thriller. Cynical and gloomy, but also tense and exciting, and it has the one of the best settings in the history of cinema: 1970s New York City.
Remember a time when the espionage film wasn't required to move at breakneck speed or involve the protagonist performing death-dying leaps around rooftops and engaging in high-octane car chases? Watching the opening credits of Three Days of the Condor reads like a 'best of' 70s US cinema. The DP is The French Connection's Owen Roizman (giving New York that same gritty, washed-out look here), while co-scribe Lorenzo Semple, Jr. was one of the writers behind the similarly-styled The Parallax View a year earlier. Add to the mix gregarious powerhouse producer Dino De Laurentiis, plus regular Redford directorial collaborator Sydney Pollock and, unsurprisingly, the resulting film is a cracking thriller.
James Grady’s novel Six Days Of The Condor was published just a year before Sydney Pollack’s big-screen adaptation, and yet almost every aspect of the story was changed. It is difficult to imagine such a flagrant disregard for the source material today, but in 1975, Three Days Of The Condor was a huge success. Buoyed up by big name stars Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, the film unseated Steven Spielberg’s Jaws from its perch atop the US box office, where it had sat unchallenged all summer.
Read my full review here: twitchfilm.com/2016/04/learning-from-the-masters-of-cinema-sydney-pollacks-three-days-of-the-condor.html
Complete list. :-(
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…