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Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 5

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

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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

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"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

Aug 17, 1999

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (5) | DVD (20)

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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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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a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A careful work of adjustment and prophecy

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

remains entertaining and continues to hold up over the years

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

If the story had stuck to its guns as a political thriller, it would have been fantastic. However, the sideline story of a codependent lover made things screech to a halt.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Makes you wish the makers - and especially the funders - of today's overblown big budget thrillers could be made to learn from some of the finer thrillers of the 1970s.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

for complete nonsense, it's really quite entertaining

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Pollack excels by establishing an interesting situation, sustaining it, and--in keeping with the paranoid-thriller genre--resolving it on a pleasingly ambiguous note. [Blu-ray]

May 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The film still makes a dandy suspense yarn, with plenty of twists and turns.

May 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's got the mystery aspect down beautifully, but because I wasn't given a chance to get behind the characters and get to know them, I had a hard time getting into the film itself.

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...an efficient exercise in Watergate-era paranoia.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Exciting but frequently incomprehensible.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

At its best this spy thriller is tense, engaging and good fodder for paranoids with conspiracy theory fever.

January 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This taut espionage thriller gained greater plausibility during its shooting when a sudden raft of sensational post-Watergate news items began coming out of Washington regarding illegal wiretaps, surveillance, and killings motivated by [politics].

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Stylish and absorbing espionage thriller

May 31, 2005
Film Journal International

Taught spy yarn for its time; Redford as always watchable.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Stars Robert Redford in a thriller for thinkers probing covert activities within the CIA

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Excellent paranoid thriller with an unforgettable opening

May 23, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Three Days of the Condor

Thrilling but campy spy film based on the 1974 spy novel Six Days of the Condor is full of action and suspense, but it's no James Bond. It stars Robert Redford as Joe Turner, codename "Condor", a CIA researcher who returns from lunch to the building in which he works, only to find that every one of his co-workers has been assassinated. Greatly appalled, Turner goes about on a one-man mission to track down the assassin, before the assassin finds him.

I found the plot from THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR to be quite intriguing. Admittedly, it is one of those classic examples of a "before it's too late" plot, but this film cuts it well.

Besides the opening twenty minutes or so, the film is just a typical spy film. A man is on the run, undercover, trying to catch the man who killed his friends. We've seen it all before, but it's still fun, and probably worth more than just spy fans seeing.
November 13, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

A great cast, and a pretty good story, but it could have been a lot better with some more excitement added in.
January 2, 2011
ajv2688

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...
January 2, 2011
rubystevens
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.
September 4, 2010
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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