Three Days of the Condor (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

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Robert Redford plays Turner, a New York-based CIA employee, code name "Condor," who has a low-level job translating foreign spy novels to discover if any American secrets have leaked out. Sent to pick up lunch for his coworkers, Turner returns to discover that everyone in his tiny office has been murdered. Fearing that he will also be killed, he calls his superior, Higgins (Cliff Robertson), for help. When Turner shows up at the secret rendezvous spot designated by Higgins, an attempt is made on his life. When he shoots back at the would-be assassins, he finds himself on the run from both the CIA and the police. He kidnaps photographer Kathy (Faye Dunaway) and hides out in her apartment, which he uses as a safe haven from which to contact his bosses. With Kathy becoming his accomplice and ally, Turner discovers that he has been targeted by a rogue agent (Addison Powell) who doesn't want him to make public a secret that he and his fellow researchers had inadvertently stumbled upon. The CIA wants to silence both Turner and the rogue agent, but "Condor" is much more resourceful than he appears to be. Joubert (Max von Sydow), an assassin in the employ of the CIA, provides the film's deux ex machina. Three Days of the Condor (based on James Grady's novel +Six Days of the Condor) is a well-wrought paranoia thriller, using its New York City backdrop to excellent visual advantage.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Grady, Lorenzo Semple Jr., David Rayfiel
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On DVD: Aug 17, 1999
Paramount Home Video


Robert Redford
as Joseph Turner / The ...
Faye Dunaway
as Kathy Hale
Cliff Robertson
as J. Higgins
Tina Chen
as Janice
Don McHenry
as Dr. Lappe
Jess Osuna
as Mitchell
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. Russell
Hansford Rowe
as Jennings
Carlin Glynn
as Mae Barber
Hank Garrett
as Mailman
Arthur French
as Messenger
Jay Devlin
as Tall Thin Man
Robert Phalen
as Newberry
Lee Steele
as Heidegger
Ed Crowley
as Ordinance Man
John P. Connell
as TV Reporter
Norman Bush
as Alice Lieutenant
James Keane
as Store Clerk
Ed Setrakian
as Customer
Myron Natwick
as Civilian
Sal Schillizi
as Locksmith
David Bowman
as Telephone Worker
Eileen Gordon
as CIA Receptionist
Robert Dahdah
as Santa Claus
Harmon Williams
as CIA Agent
Mike Kane
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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