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The Parallax View -- 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 worlds headlines.


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Release Date:
30 September 1974 (Sweden) See more »
There is no conspiracy. Just twelve people dead. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Political conspiracy thriller par excellence. See more (136 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warren Beatty ... Joseph Frady

Paula Prentiss ... Lee Carter

William Daniels ... Austin Tucker
Walter McGinn ... Jack Younger

Hume Cronyn ... Bill Rintels

Kelly Thordsen ... Sheriff L.D. Wicker
Chuck Waters ... Thomas Richard Linder

Earl Hindman ... Deputy Red

William Joyce ... Senator Charles Carroll (as Bill Joyce)
Betty Murray ... Mrs. Charles Carroll (as Bettie Johnson)

Bill McKinney ... Parallax Assassin

Jo Ann Harris ... Chrissy - Frady's Girl (as JoAnne Harris)

Ted Gehring ... Schecter - Hotel Clerk
Lee Pulford ... Shirley - Salmontail Bar Girl
Doria Cook-Nelson ... Gale from Salmontail (as Doria Cook)

Jim Davis ... George Hammond
Joan Lemmo ... Organist

Kenneth Mars ... Former FBI Agent Will
William Jordan ... Tucker's Aide

Edward Winter ... Senator Jameson
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Commission Spokesman #1

Ford Rainey ... Commission Spokesman #2

Alma Beltran ... Joy Holder

Richard Bull ... Parallax Goon
Suzanne Cohane ... Stewardess
Ronda Copland ... Girl
Joe Di Reda ... Ralph Scoletta (as Joseph Di Reda)
Patsy Garrett ... Woman
Penelope Gillette ... Woman
Robert P. Lieb ... Senator Gillingham (as Robert Lieb)
William Swan ... Herbert Moon
John S. Ragin ... Buster Himan
Vernon Weddle ... Harry Lutz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig R. Baxley ... C.I.A. Agent - Top of Space Needle (uncredited)
Steve Kelley ... Class President (uncredited)

Anthony Zerbe ... Prof. Nelson Schwartzkopf (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
Writing credits
David Giler  and
Lorenzo Semple Jr. 

Loren Singer (novel)

Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Jiras .... assistant producer (as Robert E. Jiras)
Gabriel Katzka .... executive producer
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
Film Editing by
John W. Wheeler 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Joe Scully 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson  (as Frank Thompson)
Makeup Department
William Turner .... makeup artist (as Bill Turner)
Production Management
Charles H. Maguire .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hawk Koch .... first assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
John M. Poer .... second assistant director (as John Poer)
Art Department
Dudley Holmes .... property master (as R. Dudley Holmes)
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recordist
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recordist (as Bud Grenzbach)
Tom Overton .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Tim Smyth .... special effects
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt double: Warren Beatty (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Hamill .... still photographer: special assignment
George Holmes .... gaffer
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Michael Melvoin .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Larry Muhoberac .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Michael Small .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jon Boorstin .... assistant to director
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Don Record .... design consultant
Barbara Spitz .... production secretary
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

First film that star Warren Beatty was seen in for around three years with Beatty's last at the time having been $ (1971). In between, Beatty was involved raising finance and political campaigning for presidential candidate George McGovern who was unsuccessful in becoming the President of the United States of America.See more »
Factual errors: In the opening Independence Day parade sequence, there are no leaves on the tree branches visible as the senator and his wife pass by, but the leaves would be full and green on July 4th in Seattle.See more »
[last lines]
Hammond Commission Spokesman:Ladies and gentlemen, you've been invited here today for the official announcement of the inquiry into the death of George Hammond. A complete transcript of the investigation is in preparation. This committee has spent nearly six months of investigation...
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Movie Connections:
References Shane (1953)See more »
Wild and Woolly WestSee more »


Is Frady brainwashed during the montage sequence?
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43 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Political conspiracy thriller par excellence., 4 December 1998
Author: Andrew McNess ( from Geelong, Australia

The late Alan J. Pakula's 1974 film about political murders is a superbly crafted thriller that holds the audience in its quiet, unsettling grip.

Warren Beatty gives his character of Joe Frady, a "third-rate" journalist, just the right balance of recklessness and determination to enable one to have faith in this man to uncover such shady, potentially threatening goings-on.

Beatty is ably backed up by the supporting cast, most notably Hume Cronyn as Frady's editor, and Paula Prentiss and William Daniels as, respectively, a television reporter and columnist both in fear for their lives.

Composer Michael Small's main theme (used at strategic points throughout the film and often playing on the traditional patriotic sound of the trumpet) has a quality both mournful and despairing that relates effectively to what we are watching. It is a rather sparse music score, but this seems to add to its power. Gordon Willis's Panavision photography conveys threat in even the most everyday of locations (his rendering of modern architecture is especially strong in suggesting a faceless, omnipotent threat), while the editing rhythms and sound design contribute a great deal in throwing the audience off-balance.

Pakula has been involved in more widely-known projects such as All The President's Men and Presumed Innocent, but The Parallax View is definitely one of his best and most powerful films.

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