Three Days of the Condor (1975)



Critic Consensus: This post-Watergate thriller captures the paranoid tenor of the times, thanks to Syndey Pollack's taut direction and excellent performances from Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.

Movie Info

"His code name is Condor. In the next 24 hours, everyone he trusts will try to kill him." As the ads ominously announced, a low-level spook confronts the unfathomable in Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller, adapted from the James Grady novel Six Days of the Condor. CIA researcher Joe Turner (Robert Redford) returns from lunch to find the entire staff of his small New York office assassinated. When he meets his boss (Cliff Robertson) at another location to tell him what happened, someone … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Grady, Lorenzo Semple Jr., David Rayfiel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 1999
Paramount Home Video


as Joseph Turner / The ...

as Kathy Hale

as J. Higgins

as Wabash

as Janice

as Dr. Lappe

as Mitchell

as Mrs. Russell

as Jennings

as Mae Barber

as Mailman

as Messenger

as Tall Thin Man

as Newberry

as Heidegger

as Ordinance Man

as TV Reporter

as Alice Lieutenant

as Store Clerk

as Customer

as Civilian

as Locksmith

as Telephone Worker

as CIA Receptionist

as Santa Claus

as CIA Agent

as Wicks
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Critic Reviews for Three Days of the Condor

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (5)

Basically a B, it has been elevated in form -- but not in substance -- via four bigger names, location shooting and more production values. Sometimes the trick works, but not here.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Top Critic

Basically, the film is a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Three Days of the Condor is a well-made thriller, tense and involving, and the scary thing, in these months after Watergate, is that it's all too believable.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

At its best moments, Three Days of the Condor creates without effort or editorializing that sense of isolation -- that far remove from reality -- within which super-government agencies can operate with such heedless immunity.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Tense, violent '70s spy movie shows its age.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Three Days of the Condor

A great cast, and a pretty good story, but it could have been a lot better with some more excitement added in.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


hate the poster, cheesy jazz and the horrible romantic interlude. everything else is terrific. one of the great conspiracy thrillers of the 70's. almost...

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A well-constructed, competently acted thriller concerning a reader for the CIA (Robert Redford) having to come to grips with the danger of his position once his colleagues are murdered coldly one morning - which forces him to find out who is after him. The movie is perfectly timed in the sense that it was released right after the "Watergate Scandal", and it is a very well thought-up story concerning a corrupt sector of the government who view the lives of their employees as disposable if necessary to protect classified secrets. Redford plays his character with conviction and restraint, he's no James Bond, but a fast-thinking, well equipped individual who won't give up without a fight. Max von Sydow is also noticeably creepy as the main assassin after him. While it's no masterpiece like some claim (tends to slow down every once in a while), it's still a must-see for any love of political thrillers.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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