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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joseph Frady
... Lee Carter
... Austin Tucker
Walter McGinn ... Jack Younger
... Bill Rintels
... Sheriff L.D. Wicker
Chuck Waters ... Thomas Richard Linder
... Deputy Red
... Senator Charles Carroll (as Bill Joyce)
Betty Murray ... Mrs. Charles Carroll (as Bettie Johnson)
... Parallax Assassin
... Chrissy - Frady's Girl (as JoAnne Harris)
... Schecter - Hotel Clerk
Lee Pulford ... Shirley - Salmontail Bar Girl
Doria Cook-Nelson ... Gale from Salmontail (as Doria Cook)


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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Release Date:

30 September 1974 (Sweden)  »

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Zeuge einer Verschwörung  »

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Did You Know?


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. See more »


In the opening scene, when the security personnel are trying to apprehend the assassin on the domed roof of the sky tower, the assassin slides to the edge of the dome and then falls to his apparent death. But a few seconds later we see a wide angle shot of the sky tower and it is apparent that the assassin would have merely fallen down to the next level of the tower. See more »


Bill Rintels: We're in the business of reporting the news, not creating it.
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THE definitive 1970s paranoid thriller. Intelligent, tense and effective.
23 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

When I hear mention of Warren Beatty these days I almost begin to snore, but before Beatty became a boring old fart he made a handful of very interesting and adventurous movies like 'Mickey One', 'McCabe & Mrs Miller' and 'The Parallax View', hardly safe Hollywood movie star material. 'The Parallax View' is THE definitive 1970s paranoid thriller, beaten only by Coppola's 'The Conversation', released incidentally the same year. The movie has to be watched in the context of when it was made. It's shot through with post-Watergate cynicism and the Kennedy assassinations cast a long shadow over the plot. Beatty gives a very subtle, relaxed performance, and for me is totally believable. The supporting cast is first rate. Veteran Hume Cronyn ('Shadow Of A Doubt') plays Beatty's editor, Paula Prentiss ('The Stepford Wives') a hysterical fellow journalist, and William Daniels (Dustin Hoffman's father in 'The Graduate') has a brief but memorable bit as another witness who fears for his life. Also keep an eye out for the legendary Bill McKinney (who nobody who's ever seen 'Deliverance' will forget!) as an assassin, Anthony Zerbe ('The Omega Man') as a psychologist (playing Pong with a chimp!), and Earl Hindman ('The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three') in the bar fight scene. Much of 'The Parallax View' was later used in 'Arlington Road', an unconvincing movie which was much too contrived for me to be believable. It just didn't have the subtlety that this one has, and spelled everything out, seeming assuming its audience wasn't bright enough to get it. 'The Parallax View' is still one of the most intelligent, tense and effective conspiracy thrillers ever made, and the direction by the late Alan J. Pakula is just about flawless. Highly recommended.

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