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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 »
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 Jess Osuna ... The Major
Dino Narizzano Dino Narizzano ... Harold
Helen Stenborg 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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Taglines:

The CIA knows him as Condor. What he knows about them has just made him an Endangered Species. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

October 1975 (UK) 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:

$41,509,797
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film inspired the story structure for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) another Robert Redford film. See more »

Goofs

The housing development in which Sam lives is the Peter Cooper Village apartment complex in the Gramercy section of Manhattan, which was built as middle-class housing in 1947 but was converted to luxury market rate in the 2000s. When Turner rings the doorbell, an electronic buzzing sound is heard, but the apartments in the complex have actual doorbells that make bell sounds. See more »

Quotes

Kathy: Sometimes I take a picture that isn't like me. But I took it so it is like me. It has to be. I put those pictures away.
Joe Turner: I'd like to see those pictures.
Kathy: We don't know each other that well.
Joe Turner: Do you know anybody that well?
Kathy: I don't think I want to know you very well. I don't think you're going to live much longer.
Joe Turner: I may surprise you.
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Connections

Featured in Flicks: Episode #1.17 (1975) See more »

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
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Written by Edmund Hamilton Sears and music by Richard Storrs Willis
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Nice suspense thriller about spy world and an international conspiracy
22 May 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Good intrigue yarn about a CIA agent whose code name is Condor who is forced to flee for his life when his cover operation (called American Literature History Society) is blown and becomes into man-on-the-run . In the next seventy-two hours almost everyone he trusts will attempt to murder him ( by an organization undercover called Five Continents Import Inc. ). The bookish CIA information reader (Robert Redford) aware more than he should and he finds all of his co-workers cruelly killed. He must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust and he suddenly himself as hunted man , being only helped by a stranger woman (Faye Dunaway) .

This exciting mystery contains thrills , action , shootouts , suspense and is quite entertaining . Good performance from Robert Redford as bookish researcher working for US Intelligence office and Faye Dunaway as the innocent who Condor uses to avoid capture and shelter him . Excellent support cast as Cliff Robertson with special mention to veteran John Houseman and of course Max Von Sydow who expertly handles a vignette as cold murderer . Very good cinematography , well filmed in New York City and Washington D.C. by Owen Roizman- The exorcist- and atmospheric musical score by Dave Grusin. The motion picture is stunningly directed by the recently deceased Sydney Pollack . Sydney was an excellent director , producer and secondary actor with several hits on all kind of genres as ¨The Interpreter¨ , ¨The firm¨ , ¨Out of Africa¨ , ¨Tootsie¨, ¨Yakuza¨ and many others . Rating : Good , better than average and worthwhile watching . The flick will appeal to Robert Redford fans and thriller buffs .


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