Three Days of the Condor
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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 tries to shoot Turner as well. On the run from the cops and his agency, a desperate… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"remains entertaining and continues to hold up over the years"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"for complete nonsense, it's really quite entertaining"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"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."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"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a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
" efficient exercise in Watergate-era paranoia."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A careful work of adjustment and prophecy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The film still makes a dandy suspense yarn, with plenty of twists and turns."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Exciting but frequently incomprehensible."
‑ , Film4
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