Parallax View

Overview

While the Watergate scandal filled the headlines, Alan J. Pakula's 1974 thriller took its inspiration from the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Journalist Joe Frady Warren Beatty misses witnessing the assassination of a senator at Seattle's Space Needle, but his newswoman former girlfriend Lee Carter Paula Prentiss was there. Even after a government commission concludes that it was a freak lone assassin, Lee tells Joe that she fears for her life since other witnesses keep dying. After ...
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Overview

While the Watergate scandal filled the headlines, Alan J. Pakula's 1974 thriller took its inspiration from the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Journalist Joe Frady Warren Beatty misses witnessing the assassination of a senator at Seattle's Space Needle, but his newswoman former girlfriend Lee Carter Paula Prentiss was there. Even after a government commission concludes that it was a freak lone assassin, Lee tells Joe that she fears for her life since other witnesses keep dying. After she too turns up dead, Joe investigates, travelling to the small town where another witness has mysteriously expired. Stumbling on a corporate identity for the killers, Joe decides to dig deeper by infiltrating the Parallax Corporation as one of their hired assassins. As Joe becomes increasingly isolated in his assumed identity, he discovers what Parallax is all about -- but Parallax knows all about Joe too. Made between Klute 1971 and All the President's Men 1976, The Parallax View was the second film in Pakula's "paranoia" trilogy; it proved too dark even for a 1974 audience that embraced such other challenging films of that year as The Godfather, Part II and Chinatown, making The Parallax View the sole flop of Pakula's trilogy.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Made between Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976), The Parallax View was the most paranoid film in Pakula's paranoia trilogy. The influence of the Parallax Corporation appears to be limitless; the questions about the Kennedy assassination and the conclusion of the Watergate affair in 1974 only underlined how much the public didn't know about home-grown threats to democracy and free will. Gordon Willis's eloquent widescreen cinematography repeatedly isolates Joe in sterile, empty environments, while Parallax's "test" film reveals how patriotic values can be perverted and manipulated to serve a corrupt system. All of this proved too dark even for a 1974 audience that embraced such other challenging films of that year as The Godfather, Part II and Chinatown, making The Parallax View the sole flop of Pakula's trilogy. Regardless, its evocative visual style and implacably bleak tone make The Parallax View an effectively disquieting suspense thriller and a sign of its politically troubled times.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929303274
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,659

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Joseph Frady
Hume Cronyn Editor Edgar Rintels
William Daniels Austin Tucker
Paula Prentiss Lee Carter
Anthony Zerbe Schwartzkopf
Kenneth Mars Former FBI Agent
Doria Cook Gale
Ted Gehring Schecter
JoAnne Harris Chrissy
Joan Lemmo Organist
Ford Rainey Commission Spokesman
Lee Pulford Shirley
Walter McGinn Parallax Corp. Representative Jack
Kelly Thordsen Sheriff L.D.
Bill McKinney Art, an Assassin
Edward Winter
Bill Joyce Sen. Carroll
Chuck Waters Busboy-Assassin
Alma Beltran
Richard Bull
Ronda Copland
Joe di Reda
Patsy Garrett
Robert Lieb
William Swan
Vernon Weddle
Jim Davis Sen. Hammond
Earl Hindman Deputy
William Jordan Tucker's Aide
Stacy Keach Sr. Commission Spokesman
Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director, Producer
Reg Allen Set Decoration/Design
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
David Giler Screenwriter
George Jenkins Production Designer
Gabriel Katzka Executive Producer
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Lorenzo Semple Jr. Screenwriter
Michael Small Score Composer
Frank Thompson Costumes/Costume Designer
William Turner Makeup
John W. Wheeler Editor
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    best conspiracy movie

    i saw this movie when it first came out and i was spellbound by the nature of the film and how it actually seemed to fit in with the conspiracy theory about both jfk's death and his brother bobby's death. this movie had the feel of truth about it, even though it was fiction.

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