Three Days of the Condor (1975)

DailyView: Day 82, Movie 140

A political thriller day for DailyView which kicked off with the Robert Redford movie Three Days of the Condor, directed by Sydney Pollack. Based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady, this movie was tense and satisfying.

Turner (Robert Redford) worked as a reader for the CIA. He would read everything, looking for clues or ideas or hints of what someone may be planning and then he would send it to the main office. His most recent report brought an unexpected result. A hit squad came to his office and assassinated everyone there. Turner was lucky because he was out getting the office’s lunch.

When he returned, he took off, trying to figure out what he was going to do. He found a gun and kidnapped a random woman Kathy (Faye Dunaway) off the street who had her own car. He forced her to take him to her apartment so he could hide out and try to determine what happened and what to do next.

Max von Sydow was here too as the main assassin hired by the CIA to take out Turner. He was great as he always was. We did not get a deep dive into his character, but you still could see what he was like and how Max took it and created something original.

Redford and Dunaway were great together and their chemistry burned through some scenes that were uncomfortable to watch.

The story is slowly unfurled and reveals the truths in a satisfying manner. You are never sure what Redford was going to do next and that made for an edge of the seat thriller. The paranoid filled film worked really well for the time, coming out just after the whole Watergate fiasco. Much like All the President’s Men, Three Days of the Condor works not only as a period piece but also as an thriller.

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