Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  24 September 1975 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
G. Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)
Addison Powell ...
Walter McGinn ...
Michael Kane ...
Don McHenry ...
Michael B. Miller ...
Fowler (as Michael Miller)
Jess Osuna ...
The Major
Dino Narizzano ...
Helen Stenborg ...
Mrs. Edwina Russell (as Helen Stenbure)


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

24 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3 Days of the Condor  »

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SEK 2,592,086 (Sweden)

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In her biography "Looking for Gatsby", Faye Dunaway says of this film: "Now I'm sorry but the idea of being kidnapped and ravaged by Robert Redford was anything but frightening. [At one point, after Redford temporarily left the set and director Pollack took over his role for the scene where Dunaway's character might be attacked] the cameras were rolling, I was in position, and suddenly Sydney lunged at me, growling 'I AM GOING TO GET YOU!'. I'm tied up at this point, unable to get away or move much at all, but Sydney kept moving toward me, his eyes glaring at me as he went on detailing all the horrible things he was going to do to me, and let me tell you, Sydney has an inventive mind. He is also a great actor, and he scared the hell out of me. Sydney kept the camera rolling and he was relentless". See more »


When Turner draws the Chinese ideogram, the conspicuous wristwatch disappears from his wrist, then reappears after See more »


Joe Turner: I'd like to go back to New York.
Joubert: You have not much future there. It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile. But he will leave open the door of the car and offer to give you a lift.
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Referenced in Are You in the House Alone? (1978) See more »


I've Got You Where I Want You
Performed by James Gilstrap
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Terrific tension
21 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film was very effective in maintaining the tension not only of the Condor's life and death mission to discover the reasons for the massacre of his colleagues but also the relationship between him and Kathy. The cast is uniformly good though Redford obviously carries the film. Von Sydow is again great as the strictly professional assassin. The entire film had an aura of authenticity that had me entirely engrossed. Recommended, 8/10.

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