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The Parallax View (1974) Poster

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The film was part of a cycle of 1970s conspiracy movies. These included: Executive Action (1973), Klute (1971), Chinatown (1974), Cutter's Way (1981), Telefon (1977), Winter Kills (1979), The Conversation (1974), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Domino Principle (1977), Good Guys Wear Black (1978), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Hangar 18 (1980), Capricorn One (1977), and All the President's Men (1976). Blow Out (1981) would follow in the early 1980s.
The opening sequence was designed to mirror that of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 assassination.
The movie was influenced by the assassination of both Kennedy politicians, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.
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The film's director Alan J. Pakula described the picture as "sort of an American myth based on some things that have happened, some fantasies we may have had of what might have happened, and a lot of fears a lot of us have had . . . The Parallax View was a whole other kind of filmmaking for me".
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At the suggestion of actor Warren Beatty and screenwriter David Giler, the profession of Beatty's character of Joseph Frady was changed from a police officer to a newspaper journalist.
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A parallax refers to the difference in direction of an object when seen from different view points. An example would be the driver and passenger of a car seeing the speedometer needle pointing to different numbers because the passenger is not seeing the gauge straight on. The idea of looking at the same issue with different view points is a recurring theme of this movie.
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This is one of a trilogy of thrillers directed by Alan J. Pakula, along with Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976). This was the only one not released by Warner Bros. Pictures and the only one to not win any Academy Awards or nominations.
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The film is adapted from a 1970 novel by Loren Singer with the same title, about a reporter's dangerous investigation into an obscure organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose primary enterprise is political assassination.
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Alan J. Pakula asked for an empty banquet room, to increase the nightmarish side of the final scene. The producers accepted because that permitted them to avoid paid extras to fill the room.
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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).
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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.
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One of a number of Warren Beatty movies where Robert Towne has acted as a writer. These include Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Parallax View (1974), and Heaven Can Wait (1978).
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Prior to a film writers' strike, screenwriter David Giler was hired to do re-writes. Director Alan J. Pakula spent a large amount of time during the production shoot being involved with the film's re-writes.
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The picture started principal photography without a finished screenplay.
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Due to star Warren Beatty's limited availability due to scheduling, the picture had to start filming when it did, despite the fact that there wasn't a completed script ready at the time.
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In the opening sequence at the Space Needle, a news cameraman is holding a TV camera with a KOMO 4 logo on it. KOMO 4 is an actual Seattle news channel, whose broadcasting center is located just across the street from the Space Needle.
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Second consecutive back-to-back motion picture where star Warren Beatty portrayed a character called "Joe" as this had been his name in his previous movie $ (1971) with Goldie Hawn.
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The acronym "PEP" stood for "pulmonary embolism pill".
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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.
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