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Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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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.


Sydney Pollack


James Grady (novel), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Turner
Faye Dunaway ... Kathy
Cliff Robertson ... Higgins
Max von Sydow ... Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)
John Houseman ... Mr. Wabash
Addison Powell ... Atwood
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... Barber
Tina Chen ... Janice
Michael Kane Michael Kane ... Wicks
Don McHenry Don McHenry ... Dr. Lappe
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Fowler
Jess Osuna Jess Osuna ... The Major
Dino Narizzano Dino Narizzano ... Harold
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Russell (as Helen Stenbure)
Patrick Gorman ... Martin


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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His code name is Condor. In the next twenty-four hours everyone he trusts will try to kill him. See more »


Mystery | Thriller


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English | French

Release Date:

October 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Kathy Hale's license plate number is 37B-HFN. See more »


When Turner goes through the basement records storage room to avoid the rain on his way to obtain sandwiches for his co-workers, he leaves both the door to the room and the door to the alley open. Not only should the storage room door have been locked with a controlled key, but anyone with a secret or higher security clearance would have known to close the 2 doors and lock them after passing through. He did, however, appear to close the exterior metal gate. In any event, he should have known, as well as the receptionist, that security protocol would require him to come and go via the monitored front door. In fact, Turner himself could have been implicated in the murders since he left those 2 doors open, with no evidence that the metal gate had locked behind him when he left. See more »


Joe Turner: Just look around. They've got it. That's where they ship from. They've got all of it.
Higgins: What? What did you do?
Joe Turner: I told them a story. You play games, I told them a story.
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Referenced in Silicon Valley: Two Days of the Condor (2015) See more »


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2 hours of the condor
30 March 2006 | by garywoodburnSee all my reviews

Towards the end of this film - two of the main protagonists engage in a conversation that is so telling - it could have been written yesterday and not thirty years ago.

The West has long looked to the east and its oil fields as potential targets and this film just reinforces the fact that what we think of as a new war has in fact been a raging cold war for decades. It is not and never has been about freedom –it is now and always has been a war of economic necessity. Although this film is not as renowned as many of the other paranoid spy thrillers of the 70's such as the Conversation or the Parallax View it is still a very watchable and intriguing film.

Redford is well cast as a fish out of water having to adapt his talents from the page to real life. The central relationship between Dunaway and Redford doesn't work as well as it should. She is too keen to fall for his charms and were it not Redford but a more charmless man like Hackman for example I doubt it would have worked at all.

The film is not as complex as has suggested. It is neat and easy enough to follow. It has a beguiling character that is better for my money than harder hitting films like Parallax. Redfords fight in the middle of the film is copied in a many ways by the new Bourne movie fight scenes. Indeed the double talk spy will appeal to fans of this genre. Bourne today is the nearest thing to Condor in the movies.

And Von Sydow is as always untouchable. Worth a remake but I still have a very dear place in my big movie heart for well made 70s films like this.

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