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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.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

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

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 ... The Major
Dino Narizzano Dino Narizzano ... Harold
Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Russell (as Helen Stenbure)
Patrick Gorman ... Martin
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Days of the Condor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,476,252

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,476,252
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Joe goes out to get lunch, he takes the back way out of the office in order to save a block of running in the rain. As he exits the rear of the building, which is located on 77th Street, he makes a few turns in the alley, goes up some stairs, and pops out on what should be 78th Street. In reality though, he comes out onto 83rd Street, five blocks north of his 77th Street office, and just west of his destination at 1226 Lexington Avenue. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film some packages are delivered to the office in which Redford works. The security guard counts 5 of them, and says "Roger, fiver." The NATO phonetic alphabet uses "niner" for 9 in order to differentiate the sound from "fife" for 5. No retired military man, as the guard is supposed to be, should say "fiver." See more »

Quotes

Joubert: Condor is an amateur. He's lost, unpredictable, perhaps even sentimental. He could fool a professional. Not deliberately, but precisely because he is lost, doesn't know what to do. Unlike Wicks, who has always been entirely predictable.
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Referenced in The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »

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I've Got You Where I Want You
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Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Tom Bähler
Performed by James Gilstrap
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Terrific tension
21 November 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

This film was very effective in maintaining the tension not only of the Condor's life and death mission to discover the reasons for the massacre of his colleagues but also the relationship between him and Kathy. The cast is uniformly good though Redford obviously carries the film. Von Sydow is again great as the strictly professional assassin. The entire film had an aura of authenticity that had me entirely engrossed. Recommended, 8/10.


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