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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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Walter McGinn ...
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Senator Charles Carroll (as Bill Joyce)
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Mrs. Charles Carroll (as Bettie Johnson)
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Chrissy - Frady's Girl (as JoAnne Harris)
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Schecter - Hotel Clerk
Lee Pulford ...
Shirley - Salmontail Bar Girl
Doria Cook-Nelson ...
Gale from Salmontail (as Doria Cook)
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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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30 September 1974 (Sweden)  »

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Part of a series of movies of director Alan J. Pakula three picture "Political Paranoia Trilogy". The films are (in order) Klute (1971), The Parallax View (1974), and All the President's Men (1976). See more »

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During the chase, right up until Joseph Frady crashes his stolen police car, the driver of his car is wearing a wide-brimmed sheriff's hat. He crashes with the hat, but gets out of the car hat-less. See more »

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Bill Rintels: We're in the business of reporting the news, not creating it.
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Mainstream US Cinema at its 70s Best
1 September 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A US Senator is assassinated and the official inquiry concludes it was the work of a lone gunman. Three years later, with 6 witnesses dead, a TV reporter present at the killing is frightened for her life. She takes her fears to a journalist ex-boyfriend. At first he is sceptical...

Brilliant paranoid thriller from Pakula, utilising choppy realism and naturalistic dialogue to create a bleak and uncompromising picture of cynical, corporate conspiracy within US politics. Beatty has never been better as the ambitious journo-hack Joe Frady, and he is superbly supported by Cronyn, Daniels and a deeply compelling cameo from Prentiss. You can bet this wasn't diluted by audience testing prior to release... unmissable.


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