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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In this thriller, Turner is a New York-based CIA employee. Sent to pick up lunch, Turner returns to discover that everyone in his tiny office has been murdered. When an attempt is made on his life, he finds himself on the run from both the CIA and the police.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Robert Redford
as Joseph Turner / The Condor
Faye Dunaway
as Kathy Hale
Cliff Robertson
as J. Higgins
Max von Sydow
as Joubert
John Houseman
as Wabash
Walter McGinn
as Barber
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
Michael Prince
as Civilian
Carol Gustafson
as Landlady
Sal Schillizi
as Locksmith
David Bowman
as Telephone Worker
Eileen Gordon
as CIA Receptionist
Robert Dahdah
as Santa Claus
Marian Swan
as Nurse
Dorothi Fox
as Nurse
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a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness.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 8, 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

Bringing restraint and composure without skimping on the requisite tension and intrigue, Pollock builds a credible, character-led adventure.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016

Audience Reviews for Three Days of the Condor


Movies this genuinely fun haven't been made since the 70s (except maybe the Coens' movies). Every action thriller from the 80s onwards got too polished and grand, loses touch with the characters. Holds up. Faye Dunaway is stunning and alarmingly hypnotizing.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


"Three Days of The Condor" in 3 words: action-packed, thrilling and exciting! Admittedly, it doesn't strike much of a blow for 1970s feminism (cuz what woman wouldn't immediately jump into bed with a handsome man after a home invasion at gun-point and being chained to a toilet all day?! That's hot!), but if you get past the very dated sexism, politics and technology, it's quite an entertaining film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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