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Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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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.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

James Grady (novel), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Turner
Faye Dunaway ... Kathy
Cliff Robertson ... Higgins
Max von Sydow ... Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)
John Houseman ... Mr. Wabash
Addison Powell ... Atwood
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... Barber
Tina Chen ... Janice
Michael Kane Michael Kane ... Wicks
Don McHenry Don McHenry ... Dr. Lappe
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Fowler
Jess Osuna ... The Major
Dino Narizzano Dino Narizzano ... Harold
Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Russell (as Helen Stenbure)
Patrick Gorman ... Martin
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A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. "Condor" must find out who did this and get in from the cold before the hitmen get him. Written by Mike CO <mileco@netcom.com>

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His code name is Condor. In the next twenty-four hours everyone he trusts will try to kill him. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Trivia

When Condor confronts Higgins on the shore of Wards Island, the 103rd Street Footbridge is in the background. This bridge connects Manhattan with Wards Island. See more »

Goofs

When Turner pushes Atwood into his chair, the lid on the console stereo slams shut. The lid is then open again in two subsequent shots and closed after that. See more »

Quotes

Higgins: It'd have to be somebody in the community.
Joe Turner: Community.
Higgins: Intelligence field.
Joe Turner: Community! Jesus, you guys are kind to yourselves. Community.
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Connections

Referenced in NCIS: The Admiral's Daughter (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Where I Want You
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Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Tom Bähler
Performed by James Gilstrap
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Simmer against the machine...at the beginnings of a new kind of CIA genre
18 December 2009 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

This is looking more and more like a period piece, dated and curious like one of those great Cold War films looks today (Failsafe or Seven Days in May). And yet it also feels like the beginnings of spy/counterspy films that are going on today, way beyond the pizazz of the early Bond films of the 1960s, and presaging the dozens since, including recent ones like the Bourne films or Syriana. It plays straight up as a suspense film, one where an almost innocent man is caught up in something huge and perplexing and awful, and we all identify with the individual against the powers of evil. Robert Redford plays the role of Joe Turner well, with the usual Redford stiffness, but believably--he reads books, after all--and sympathetically.

Putting yourself back to 1975 you have to remember that everyone was talking about, and reacting to, Watergate, and a U.S. president who had to resign from office because of it. Watergate, more than anything, started the current public roar (blossoming on the internet) about government conspiracy. Three Days of the Condor makes the government, and the CIA in particular, an almost unassailable and invisible force of spying and mistrust. Turner, by circumstance at first and then by admirable determination, fights back. He's clever as much as he is worried. He falls in love. He feels isolated but never gives up. He has close calls, and lucky escapes, and unlikely friends. He thinks of other people first.

In other words, he's a hero against the machine, and if the movie is sometimes slow, it creates a nice pace for the end, which is beautifully thought out. Director Sydney Pollack is hampered by a screenplay that alternates between awkward (Faye Dunaway's scenes) and brilliant (Redford's anti-spy character has a conversation with a hit man played by Max Von Sydow that shines), but he patches it together with an editing job that was nominated for an Oscar. And the cinematography by Owen Roizman is really nice (he shot a dozen great films from the French Connection to the Exorcist to Network). Condor is not just an entertainment, which is a saving grace, but it does also, slowly and beautifully, entertain.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,476,252

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,476,252
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2.35 : 1
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