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Director:
Writers:
James Grady (novel)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 November 1975 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The CIA knows him as Condor. What he knows about them has just made him an Endangered Species. See more »
Plot:
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pollack Does Hitchcock See more (139 total) »

Cast

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Robert Redford ... Joseph Turner

Faye Dunaway ... Kathy Hale

Cliff Robertson ... J. Higgins

Max von Sydow ... G. Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)

John Houseman ... Mr. Wabash
Addison Powell ... Leonard Atwood
Walter McGinn ... Sam Barber

Tina Chen ... Janice Chon
Michael Kane ... S.W. Wicks
Don McHenry ... Dr. Ferdinand Lappe
Michael B. Miller ... Fowler (as Michael Miller)
Jess Osuna ... The Major
Dino Narizzano ... Harold
Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Edwina Russell (as Helen Stenbure)

Patrick Gorman ... Martin

Hansford Rowe ... Jennings (also as Hansford Rolle) (as Hansford H. Rowe Jr.)

Carlin Glynn ... Mae Barber (as Carlin Gylnn)
Hank Garrett ... Mailman
Arthur French ... Messenger
Jay Devlin ... Tall Thin Man
Frank Savino ... Jimmy
Robert Phalen ... Newberry

John Randolph Jones ... Beefy Man
Garrison Phillips ... Hutton
Lee Steele ... Heidegger
Ed Crowley ... Ordinance Man

John Connell ... TV Reporter
Norman Bush ... Alice Lieutenant

James Keane ... Store Clerk

Ed Setrakian ... Customer
Myron Natwick ... Civilian
Michael Prince ... Civilian
Carol Gustafson ... Landlady
Sal Schillizzi ... Locksmith
Harmon William ... CIA Agent
David Bowman ... Telephone Worker
Eileen Gordon ... CIA Receptionist
Robert Dahdah ... Santa Claus
Steve Bonino ... Kid
Jennifer Rose ... Kid
David Allen ... Kid
Glenn Ferguson ... Kid
Paul Dwyer ... Kid
Marian Swan ... Nurse
Dorothi Fox ... Nurse

Ernest Harden Jr. ... Teenager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sean Collins ... Cia Agent (uncredited)
Beverly Goodman ... Girl (uncredited)

Russell Johnson ... Intelligence Officer at Briefing (uncredited)
Bruce Moreno ... Computer Operator (uncredited)
Lauren Simon ... Neighbor in Elevator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Writing credits
James Grady (novel "Six Days of the Condor")

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) and
David Rayfiel (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Schneider .... producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Sydney Pollack .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman 
 
Film Editing by
Don Guidice 
 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Art Direction by
Gene Rudolf 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi  (as Joseph C. Aulisi)
 
Makeup Department
Susan Germaine .... hairdresser: Ms. Dunaway
Lee Harman .... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway (as Lee Harmon)
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Bob O'Bradovich .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul Ganapoler .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... second assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Kim Kurumada .... second assistant director
Peter R. Scoppa .... first assistant director (as Pete Scoppa)
Ralph S. Singleton .... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
 
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
Bruno Robotti .... master scenic
 
Sound Department
Dennis Maitland .... production sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist
Josef von Stroheim .... sound editor (as Josef E. Von Stroheim)
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dean Smith .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip
Holly Bower .... special photographer (uncredited)
Brian Hamill .... still photographer: special assignment (uncredited)
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe
Bernie Pollack .... wardrobe
Bernie Pollack .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Fredric Steinkamp .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
 
Other crew
Theoni V. Aldredge .... clothes: Ms. Dunaway
Michael Britton .... location coordinator
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Federico De Laurentiis .... assistant to producer
Sam Goldrich .... production accountant
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... office coordinator (as Adeline Leonard)
Phill Norman .... title designer
Frans J. Afman .... financial services (uncredited)
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen A. Kallis Jr. .... technical advisor: computer sequence (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"3 Days of the Condor" - Australia, USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The movie won from the Mystery Writers of America the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay at Edgar Allan Poe Awards in 1976.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Turner draws the Chinese ideogram, the conspicuous wristwatch disappears from his wrist, then reappears afterSee more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Higgins:Hey, Turner! How do you know they'll print it? You can take a walk. But how far if they don't print it?
Joe Turner:They'll print it.
Higgins:How do you know?
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92 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Pollack Does Hitchcock, 29 April 2004
Author: Dane (dane11) from Loveland, CO

Three Days of the Condor is a classic spy thriller with a bit of a twist, it takes place inside the U.S.A. There are no flashy locales, no super-hero types, and no ultra-menacing bad guys who spew cheesy dialogue; instead, we have a common man (Robert Redford) battling for his life in an uncommon situation. This is similar to Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest in its theme and intensity and Sydney Pollack pulls it off to perfection.

Robert Redford stars as Joseph Turner a "reader" for the CIA who finds himself on the run after everyone in his office is assassinated. Pollack wisely allows us to share in Turner's horror and confusion upon finding his dead co-workers. We witness his scramble for protection and his shaky call to the CIA Headquarters, as he demands to be brought in. The wheels start turning and it seems that all will be resolved, safely and quickly, but things don't go as planned. After a shoot out in an alley, Turner is seen as a possible rogue agent sending him into greater peril. Now everyone is out to get him. Only through quick, imaginative thinking and survival instincts can Turner stay ahead of those who are out to kill him.

In a moment of desperate improvisation, Turner kidnaps Faye Dunaway to elude his pursuers. This turn allows us to have someone else view Redford's character for us and provide a different intensity, a sexual intensity, to the film. Again, this is somewhat reminiscent of Cary Grant meeting Eva Marie Saint on the train in North by Northwest. But this story has more of an edge to it and Dunaway's character has greater depth and purpose than we imagine possible. She acquiesces to her captor's demands as she tries to understand him and learns quickly to appreciate him and the situation he's in.

Through Dunaway's help, Redford is allowed to meet up with the man (Cliff Robertson) who he believes is pulling the strings inside the CIA. The story turns more cerebral as we learn why Turner's office was hit and who was behind it. Furthermore, we understand how truly alone Redford's character really is. The audience is kept guessing through to the very end as to whether or not Redford's character will survive.

This is one movie that provides action and excitement coupled with a strong plot and solid characters. Max Von Sydow is excellent as a Joubert, a sophisticated, calculating, even-keeled assassin who is only doing what he is paid to do. Redford shines as a man whose entire world is thrown into violent disarray forcing him to fight for his survival. His ability to project his thoughts and concerns through his actions and facial expressions holds the audience to him.

While this movie does not have the overwhelming paranoid feel to it that a movie like The Parallax View had, it is stylish, convincing, and an intriguing movie. Sydney Pollack doesn't fill the scenes with deep shadows and hard camera angles, as some would do. Instead, most of this story takes place in broad daylight, which actually increases the tension. There's no easy place to hide, no dark doorways to duck into, no characters stepping out of the fog when we least expect it. Like Hitchcock, Pollack knows that exposing his hero to the light of day is to abandon him to his pursuers. The audience is pulled in right along with the Redford's character and we can't let go until we know we're safe.

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