Home
NEW TODAY
SCRIPT CONTESTS
FREE EVENTS
WATCH MOVIES
NEW MOVIES
FESTIVAL VIDEOS
PICTURES
READ POETRY
MOVIE SCENES
SUBMIT your FILM
POETRY CONTEST
DAILY PODCASTS
WATCH FREE FILMS
THE LAST RITE
2010 MOVIES
ACTORS
ACTRESSES
DIRECTORS
MOVIES by YEAR
FILM FRANCHISES
MOVIE GENRES
NOTES and IDEAS
WATCH VIRAL
GET OUR E-ZINE!
CONTACT US
TOP 100 Sex
FAQ
2011 MOVIES

Subscribe To This Site
XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines
 

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, 1975
Movie Review

SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCREENPLAY
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!
NEW MOVIE REVIEWSNEW MOVIE REVIEWS
Read Today's POSTED REVIEWS
TOP 100TOP 100 LISTS WEBSITE
Best of photos, movies, sex and everything else!
movie trailersMOVIE TRAILERS
SEE the UPCOMING films. Plus reviews!
CLICK and WATCH MOVIES ONLINE!

WATCH today's TOP SHORT FILMS
EXPLORE and WATCH the TOP PAGES on THE NET!!
wildcardWATCH the best of WILDCARD PICTURES!
wildcardWATCH - BEAUTIFUL short film!
wildcardWATCH - NOSTALGIA short film!
wildcardWATCH - EMBEDDED short film!
wildcardWATCH - YARDSALE short film!
wildcardWATCH - THE AUDITION short film!
wildcardWATCH - THE ADDICT short film!
wildcardWATCH - 48 short film!
wildcardWATCH - DIM SUM OF ITS PARTS short film!
TOP 100 MOVIESTOP 100 MOVIE PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of film!
TOP 100 SEXTOP 100 SEX PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of sex pages online!
TOP 100 SEXTOP 100 FUNNY VIDEOS on the NET!
WATCH the best in HISTORY!
NAKED SCENESWATCH the TOP 100 SEX VIDEOS on the NET!
SEE the best of sex online!!
WATCH MOVIESWATCH TOP 100 MOVIES Today
Best of NEW films on the NET!
TOP 100 MOVIESTOP 100 MOVIES of ALL-TIME
See the best of film!
DIRECTORTOP 100 DIRECTORS of ALL-TIME
SEE THE LIST. Reviews, Photos and Scenes!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCRIPTS
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR,  MOVIE POSTERTHREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, 1975
Movie Reviews

Directed by Sydney Pollack

Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John Houseman, Addison Powell, Tina Chen
Review by Steven Loeb


SYNOPSIS:

A man named Turner works for the CIA reading books and postulating possible scenarios that could be applied to inteliigence work. He goes out to get lunch but when he returns everyone at the center has been killed. He calls his superior and asks for someone to bring him in, he tells him that his section chief will get him but when he arrives, the man tries to shoot him, he manages to shoot back and escape. In an act of desparation, the abducts a woman and forces her to shelter him until he can figure out what is going on. When someone goes to the woman's house and tries to kill him, he kills the man and discovers that he has a connection to the CIA, which means that someone in the CIA is behind the attempt on him.

CLICK HERE and watch TV SHOWS FOR FREE!

What is WILDsound?

REVIEW:

In the 70s, with distrust of the government and paranoia at a fever pitch after the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency in disgrace, Hollywood capitalized on that fear with a new genre of film: the political thriller. The plots of these films became were more complex and intricate than those that had come before, the bad guys were now bureaucrats and government officials, and the heroes were normal, everyday people who were determined to expose corruption. These movies were fairly bleak, as well; more often than not, if the hero could actually prove that he was right nobody would believe him. Three Days of the Condor, starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, has all of the elements of the classic political thriller and has become a classic in the genre.

Joe Turner is a CIA analyst; his job is to read books from around the world and report on any new ideas that can be gleaned from them. One day, while he is out of the office, all of his co-workers are assassinated. Panicking, Turner calls the CIA, who promise him that he will be brought in and kept safe. When he meets up with them, however, things do not go as planned, and Turner is forced to go on the lam. He kidnaps a woman and forces her to take him to her apartment, so he can hide out. Their relationship is hostile at first, for obvious reasons, but they soon grow to trust each other. When an assassin comes to kill him, Turner realizes that he can’t trust anybody, not even his superiors at the CIA, and decides to take matters into his own hands. He learns that he is being hunted because of a report he filed, which accidentally uncovered a secret plan within the CIA to invade oil producing countries around the world. Even though the plan is scrapped, Turner still does everything he can to reveal the plot to the world, though it is unclear whether he has succeeded in uncovering the truth.

What makes Three Days of the Condor such a good film is that it is almost entirely believable. When the plot is eventually revealed, it is chillingly plausible, and some might even go so far as to say that it has actually happened in the years since. The bad guys in this movie aren’t James Bond villains or Machiavellian madmen trying to take over the world; they are businessmen, thinking only about the bottom-line and not caring about what stands in their way. The government has become morally bankrupt, willing to invade other nations and disrupt governments for their own ends.

The acting in the film goes a long way toward helping make the story plausible. Robert Redford, despite being known for his good looks, makes the perfect everyman. If he had played Turner as too overconfident, it would have made the character and, in turn, the entire movie less believable. Instead, Redford plays him as a man in over his head, who has to scramble to stay alive. Turner is not the typical CIA agent that we see in movies; he really is a man whose only skill is reading. Faye Dunaway also gives a very impressive, low-key performance as Kathy, the woman Joe kidnaps. She is vulnerable, but not ever a victim, and even though there are elements of her relationship with Turner that are a bit far-fetched, Dunaway‘s acting sells them. The best performance in the film, however, is from Max von Sydow, who plays a hired assassin whose views on the world encapsulate the entire message of the film. Von Sydow plays the role with extreme dispassion; as the character explains at the end of the film, “I don't interest myself in why. I think more often in terms of when, sometimes where; always how much.” He likes doing what he is doing because he doesn’t have to take a side; he goes where the money is. All of the villains in this movie are driven by the very same notion, that money trumps all else.

The director of the film, Sydney Pollack, does an excellent job of keeping up the suspense, even when Turner is not in any immediate danger. Suspicion and dread are all over this film, and the characters are never truly safe. Pollack was an eclectic director, who could work in almost every genre of film. His film prior to this one was The Way We Were (1973), a romantic drama, also starring Redford, along with Barbra Streisand. His most famous film is, perhaps, Tootsie (1982) a satirical comedy. Pollack was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award three times, for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They (1969), Tootsie, and Out of Africa (1985), for which he won the award.

Films can be seen as a reflection of the mood of the country at the time they are made. The films of the 30s, for example, often reflect the harsh economic conditions of the times, and films of the last decade often show the fear and vulnerability the world felt post-9/11. The films of the 1970s show a massive distrust of government and authority figures in general, which still persists to this day. The plot of Three Days of the Condor, which was based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady, feels just as fresh and current now as it did in 1975.

SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCREENPLAY
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!
NEW MOVIE REVIEWSNEW MOVIE REVIEWS
Read Today's POSTED REVIEWS
MOVIE KILLSEE 1000s of PICTURES
Best of photos, images and pics
MOVIE YEARMOVIES YEAR BY YEAR
Pages from 1900 to present


THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR


footer for THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR page