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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…
"...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…
What may have once read as a liberal paranoia thriller, willing to denounce the government, now reads like our neocon fantasies of a corrupt establishment meant to be replaced by an Ur-Man übermensch who rapes his way into romance and hates his way into efficacy. It's often very unpleasant, which is unfortunate because of how darned well filmed it is. Three of my favorite actors get major roles here and none of them get characters worth their talents.
An interesting suspense thriller that got bogged down in the love affair between Redford and Dunaway. Redford and Dunaway were actually pretty good together, although the pacing slows down during their scenes together.
Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, and John Houseman are all solid.
A great movie that is almost ruined by an unearned and poorly staged sex scene.
Such a fun political thriller (except for all the parts where Faye Dunaway gets attacked by our "hero"). The ironic thing is that the movie is based on this idea that we can't trust parts of the government, which we all already know. For us now, the surprising thing is that there's anyone in the government we're supposed to be able to trust.
It's like if The Bourne Identity wasn't action packed, and Jason Bourne hadn't lost his memory...
I liked this film, but I thought that it didn't feel meaty enough. Faye Dunaway's character could have been played by anyone, and the character honestly didn't need to exist. I also did not - could not believe Dunaway and Redford's relationship at all. I did like the one action scene with the mailman, that was cool. I just wished this film had at least one more scene with that kind of action. The story was interesting at first, but it lost steam quickly whenever they cut back to the Redford/Dunaway scenes. The acting was fairly good by Redford, but I didn't feel that…
Quickly becoming one of my favorite films. I love the post-watergate sense of paranoia. It's compelling from start to finish, and I've decided that Faye Dunaway is one of my favorite actresses. Redford's great, but c'mon, you know this already.
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…
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currently trying to read all 339 books that are mentioned as well.
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