Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor

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Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson

     
 

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"His code name is Condor. In the next 24 hours, everyone he trusts will try to kill him." As the ads ominously announced, a low-level spook confronts the unfathomable in Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller, adapted from the James Grady novel Six Days of the Condor. CIA researcher Joe Turner (Robert Redford) returns from lunch to find the entire staff ofSee more details below

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"His code name is Condor. In the next 24 hours, everyone he trusts will try to kill him." As the ads ominously announced, a low-level spook confronts the unfathomable in Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller, adapted from the James Grady novel Six Days of the Condor. CIA researcher Joe Turner (Robert Redford) returns from lunch to find the entire staff of his small New York office assassinated. When he meets his boss (Cliff Robertson) at another location to tell him what happened, someone tries to shoot Turner as well. On the run from the cops and his agency, a desperate Turner resorts to holing up with innocent civilian Kathy (Faye Dunaway), who becomes his only ally. Joe decides to save himself the only way possible -- by going to The New York Times. But will it work? One of a cycle of conspiracy films from the 1970s that also included The Parallax View (1974) and Redford's All the President's Men (1976), Three Days of the Condor pits a working everyman (albeit a CIA everyman) against a far-reaching conspiracy, as it also criticizes the CIA during a period of increasing publicity about federal wrongdoing, from the Pentagon Papers through Watergate and other congressional investigations. The challenge of negotiating New York City, shot on location, becomes one more sign of the forces that Joe must face. With its timely subject matter, taut suspense, and sympathetic Redford hero, Three Days of the Condor became a substantial hit. Balancing the conspiracy cycle's pessimism with a margin of attenuated hope, Three Days of the Condor suggests that one man can still discover the truth, but whether it helps him remains to be seen.

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One of the most memorable paranoid thrillers of the 1970s, Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor never loses its focus as a tense, compelling exercise in suspense. The plot rests on the premise that everyone with power is corrupt; Pollack and writers Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and David Rayfiel keep the proceedings from devolving into the preposterous or unconvincing. True to form, Robert Redford represents the powerless, non-corrupt masses as the film's bookish CIA researcher Turner. Unlike some of the bleaker examples of the genre (1974's The Parallax View), Redford's character ultimately outwits the system and finds a way to fight the corruption, much as he would the following year in All the President's Men. Redford's charisma smoothes over some of Condor's less-believable moments, and Sydney Pollack directs in the distinctively gloomy but lively style common to 1970s films. This was the fourth film on which the director and star teamed up; they would continue to work together on movies such as 1985's Out of Africa and 1990's Havana.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301331
Original Release:
1975
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
1,243

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Joe Turner
Faye Dunaway Kathy Hale
Cliff Robertson Higgins
Max von Sydow Joubert
John Houseman Wabash
Carlin Glynn Mae Barber
Addison Powell Atwood
Michael Kane Wicks
Walter McGinn Sam Barber
Hansford Rowe Jennings
Helen Stenborg Mrs. Russell
Robert Dahdah Santa Claus
Tina Chen Janice
Don McHenry Dr.Lappe
Michael Miller Fowler
Jess Osuna The Major
Dino Narizzano Harold
Patrick Gorman Martin
Hank Garrett Mailman
Arthur French Messenger
Jay Devlin Tall Thin Man
Robert Phalen Newberry
John Randolph Jones Beefy Man
Lee Steele Heidegger
Ed Crowley Ordinance Man
John P. Connell TV Reporter
Norman Bush Police Lieutenant
James Keane Store Clerk
Ed Setrakian Customer
Myron Natwick Civilian
Michael Prince Civilian
Carol Gustafson Landlady
David Allen Kid
Marian Swan Nurse
Dorothi Fox Nurse
Ernest Harden Teenager

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Donald Guidice Editor
Augie Lohman Special Effects
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Gene Rudolf Art Director
Stanley Schneider Producer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Frederic Steinkamp Editor

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