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The Parallax View (1974)

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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.

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Alan J. Pakula
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... Joseph Frady
Paula Prentiss ... Lee Carter
William Daniels ... Austin Tucker
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... Jack Younger
Hume Cronyn ... Bill Rintels
Kelly Thordsen ... Sheriff L.D. Wicker
Chuck Waters Chuck Waters ... Thomas Richard Linder
Earl Hindman ... Deputy Red
William Joyce ... Senator Charles Carroll (as Bill Joyce)
Betty Murray 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 Lee Pulford ... Shirley - Salmontail Bar Girl
Doria Cook-Nelson Doria Cook-Nelson ... Gale from Salmontail (as Doria Cook)
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Storyline

Joe Frady is a determined reporter who often needs to defend his work from colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator, Frady begins to notice that reporters present during the assassination are dying mysteriously. After getting more involved in the case, Frady begins to realize that the assassination was part of a conspiracy somehow involving the Parallax Corporation, an enigmatic training institute. He then decides to enroll for the Parallax training himself to discover the truth. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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There is no conspiracy. Just twelve people dead. See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Zeuge einer Verschwörung See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,942
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This film was not a money-maker. Two of the supporting actors are William Daniels and Anthony Zerbe. With a few notable exceptions, such as The Graduate (1967), Licence to Kill (1989) very few films they appeared in did well at the box office. See more »

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The sheriff's police cruiser switches from a 1973 Plymouth Satellite Custom to a 1973 Dodge Coronet where Frady takes a shortcut through a construction site. And when he crashes the cop car in a local Safeway, the cop cruiser is a 1973 Plymouth. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Frady: Hey, L.D., what's the news on your friend, uh, Buster?
Sheriff L.D. Wicker: Well... Actually there just ain't no Buster.
[pulls gun]
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Political conspiracy thriller par excellence.
4 December 1998 | by austin-18See all my reviews

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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