Three Days of the Condor (1975) 2.77/5 (5)


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Rating: The Good – 76.1
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 117 mins
Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson

From the opening scene of this spy classic you know you’re in 70′s heaven. Sydney Pollack crafts an evenly paced and quietly gripping film that has all the paranoid hallmarks of the 70′s political thriller. Robert Redford plays a CIA analyst who uncovers evidence of a shadow organisation working within the agency. However, his discovery immediately puts his life in danger and he must go on the run to both evade his pursuers and figure out who is behind the conspiracy.

Redford made some excellent films during the 1970’s and this counts as one of them. While never having the widest range, he always played to the edges of it and gave each character something different. Here, his Condor is a clever “everyman” who lacks the cynicism of his enemies and though it makes him unpredictable to them, it also make them more dangerous. Faye Dunaway (as a civilian who shelters him) and Cliff Robertson (as his untrustworthy section chief) provide good support and there characters are equally interesting and dualistic.

The scenario may have dated slightly but it’s no less exciting and some even might say in the last decade, it’s come full circle. There are some dark and sinister tones running through the central premise and Robertson’s final speech will still send a cold chill down your spine. Modern viewers might also argue the ending of Three Days of the Condor is less than satisfying but it reflects the sentiment of the times relatively well and thanks to some classy direction, it ranks as one of the great paranoia-inducing endings.

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