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The Parallax View (1974)

An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter McGinn ...
Chuck Waters ...
Senator Charles Carroll (as Bill Joyce)
Betty Murray ...
Mrs. Charles Carroll (as Bettie Johnson)
Parallax Assassin
Chrissy - Frady's Girl (as JoAnne Harris)
Schecter - Hotel Clerk
Lee Pulford ...
Shirley - Salmontail Bar Girl
Doria Cook-Nelson ...
Gale from Salmontail (as Doria Cook)


Joe Frady is a determined reporter who often needs to defend his work from colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator, Frady begins to notice that reporters present during the assassination are dying mysteriously. After getting more involved in the case, Frady begins to realize that the assassination was part of a conspiracy somehow involving the Parallax Corporation, an enigmatic training institute. He then decides to enroll for the Parallax training himself to discover the truth. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Release Date:

30 September 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Zeuge einer Verschwörung  »

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2.35 : 1
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The film was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by Loren Singer had been first published in 1974. See more »


In the opening scene, when the security personnel are trying to apprehend the assassin on the domed roof of the sky tower, the assassin slides to the edge of the dome and then falls to his apparent death. But a few seconds later we see a wide angle shot of the sky tower and it is apparent that the assassin would have merely fallen down to the next level of the tower. See more »


Austin Tucker: Now I don't know what you want but if it's money, I'll give you ten thousand dollars to keep me out of it. You don't mention my name, you don't come looking for me. All I want is to stay out of it.
Joseph Frady: Sorry, Mr. Tucker, you've got information I need. Money doesn't mean anything to me. This story's gonna mean more to me than ten thousand dollars.
Austin Tucker: Fella, you don't know what this story means.
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References Shane (1953) See more »


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To Protect And Serve: Whom?
8 August 2015 | by (Kneeling In The Light) – See all my reviews

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Trust me this is an excellent scary movie. It seems paranoid because it is so far removed from its Zeitgeist. Following the assassinations of MLK and RFK in 1968, their proximity with JFK in 1963, this was viewed as quite likely in the 1970s. The movie opens with the assassination at the Space Needle in Seattle. We see a creepy looking waiter milling about right before the shots are fired. The supposed assassin is conveniently killed and the sinister waiter disappears. Beatty thinks nothing of it until one of the witnesses, a former girl friend, comes to him in a state of panic. All the witnesses are dying: most with medical conditions or accidents. The movie follows Beatty going undercover posing as a sociopath; he is soon contacted by the Parallax Corporation. The movie is quite suspenseful; like The Thing, you will not know who to trust. Hume Cronyn gives a great performance as Beatty's editor who has heard his crazy stories all before. I love the scene where Cronyn lists all the crackpot stories Beatty has proffered to him before. The movie is replete with pop out scares, plot twists and chases. It has one scene of levity when the guys at the restaurant regret picking a fight with Beatty.

The core of the movie: that the government uses a shadow corporation to kill targets with sociopathic patsies all lined up to take the blame. Yes, I know, everyone laughs at this today, I never have. I like how his friend, on the kiddie train, tells him about the drug they can give people that makes it look like they had a coronary. As Beatty burrows deeper and deeper, it becomes a question of who is manipulating who? I love when the creepy guy from Parallax tells Beatty,"I would not go out of that door if I were you." The movie plays like a murder mystery with growing suspense over the breadth of the conspiracy and whether Beatty is in over his head. The last scene of the movie is a part of film lore now; the run for the light. A beautiful existential metaphor for Beatty; he runs for the light of truth. The movie is non stop suspense from the beginning to the ending. It is never phony or silly. Everything that happens has a ring of truth about it. I love the beginning and the ending where Big Brother's panel tells us exactly what we are supposed to believe. I adore Pakula's Klute but this is more realistic and far scarier.

The acting, writing, pacing and suspense are one of a kind. The movie will seem paranoid to most people because of its temporal distance from the Zeitgeist, filled with assassinations, that produced it. Even for me, this far removed, I find the events depicted quite likely. A Great Movie

"The Natural Enemy Of Any Government Is Its Own People." George Orwell

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