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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.
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…
"...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…
Hat einige große Momente, die aber durch viele kleine Unlogiken und Verwirrungen konterkariert werden. Daher trotz des tollen Siebziger-Flairs, grandioser Schauspieler und für die Zeit typischen New-Hollywood-Paranoia-Kinos nur ein guter, kein hervorragender Film.
This movies last 20 minutes should be a lesson to all film makers or at least the ones who don't know how to wrap up their films. One of the biggest misstep a film can take it making you sit through a hour+ build up to a conclusion that falls flat and doesn't land. I'm not a fan of thrillers, but this one does all the right thing in the Thriller check off list. Action, drama, romance and most importantly a conclusion. Robert Redford is great, but this movie really hits it's high notes at the end when he is bouncing off Max Von Sydow and Cliff Robertson.
The thing that has held up best about this also-ran 70s conspiracy thriller is its conspiracy: the idea that a rogue faction within the CIA might be ruthless in seeking to prevent exposure, and that CIA's high command might be just as ruthless in seeking to eliminate that element – not because it is ideologically opposed, but because it is seeking to avoid embarrassment – is still fairly convincing. Similarly, the focus of that faction's murky plotting on the Middle East and securing oil supplies (it was a smart decision to make their goal advancement of US interests rather than personal gain, per the book) seems somewhat prescient.
Also convincing is the murky relationship and blurry line between government agencies…
Classic conspiracy thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and a couple of really tense moments. Max von Sydow is terrific, and I loved the apartment fight scene that sees Redford and his would-be killer attacking each other with improvised weaponry, tripping over tables and chairs and crashing through furniture. It's almost like a prototypical Bourne film in that sense. (Actually, come to think of it, the romance subplot is pretty much the same as the one in the Bourne Identity. And the core plot is pretty similar too, just without the amnesia angle. And Treadstone isn't too far off from Tentrex... wow, this doesn't reflect well on Robert Ludlum's credibility.)
On the flip side, there's some serious leaps in…
Best film I've seen in years.
Soooooo ok. I had zero interest in the character that the very interesting Faye Dunaway was playing. There's something so bland about Robert Redford.. I don't get it. He looks like Brad Pitt, but he's way less fun to watch. Pollack's direction is fine but doesn't offer anything spectacular. I wish this shadow CIA had a building or a larger more ominous presence like in The Parallax View. That said, Max Von Sydow is soooo good.
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.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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