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Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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)
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 <mileco@netcom.com>

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The CIA knows him as Condor. What he knows about them has just made him an Endangered Species. See more »


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14 November 1975 (Finland)  »

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First of two mid-1970s political conspiracy thrillers starring actor Robert Redford. The second picture was All the President's Men (1976). The films were made and released in consecutive years, this film in 1975 and the other movie in 1976. See more »


When the Condor is in Kathy's apartment, they watch a news report about the shooting in the alley. The reporter has a channel 7 microphone and identifies himself as being with Eyewitness News, the name of WABC-TV's news broadcast for decades. When the report is over, we see the logo for channel 9 instead of channel 7. See more »


[Wabash talks about his entry into the US intelligence field]
Mr. Wabash: I go even further back than that. Ten years after The Great War, as we used to call it. Before we knew enough to number them.
Higgins: You miss that kind of action, sir?
Mr. Wabash: No, I miss that kind of clarity.
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One of Redford's Best, a 70s Suspense Classic!
9 February 2004 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

A cold, rainy day in New York City...a small, cramped office building where a friendly, diverse group of CIA administrative types do research...one employee, a young 'reader' (Robert Redford), is assigned to pick up sandwiches, and takes a short cut through back alleys to a local deli...a van pulls up in front of the building, a group of disguised, armed assassins disembark, enter...and brutally kill every person in the building, leaving just before the 'reader' returns, to face the carnage...

With this visually gripping sequence, the stage is set for one of the best suspense films of the 1970s, Sydney Pollack's classic THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. In a novel twist of the Hitchcock 'Man Who Knew Too Much' theme, Redford's 'Joseph Turner' (code name 'Condor'), whose employment consists of reading novels and publications for any reference to the CIA, develops an 'imaginary' scenario of an agency 'inside' the agency, working independently, which his boss forwards to Washington for review. Unfortunately, the scenario is true, and Turner and his co-workers must be eliminated, to keep the secret intact. By sheer luck, Turner survives the 'hit', and the bookish 'admin type' must now run for his life, utilizing survival skills he didn't know he possessed, while trying to discover the reason for his 'death sentence'...

The tension never lets up in this grim, exciting tale, as Turner discovers he can trust no one, and barely survives assassination attempts, again and again. Forced to kidnap a young woman (Faye Dunaway, more vulnerable than usual) to aid him, it takes a death attempt to convince her to believe him, but Turner refuses to allow her to continue to risk her life protecting him, so, ultimately, it becomes a 'David and Goliath' struggle between Turner and the 'outlaw' CIA and it's hired assassins.

Featuring Max von Sydow as a sophisticated 'hit man', John Houseman as a mysterious CIA senior official, and Cliff Robertson as an agent with an agenda, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR influenced a generation of similar-themed thrillers, including Mel Gibson's CONSPIRACY THEORY, and Will Smith's ENEMY OF THE STATE.

The Robert Redford film is the best of the crop, by far!

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