Title: Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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Three Days of the Condor

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  • Parents need to know that Three Days of the Condor is a fairly quiet, tense spy thriller from acclaimed director . Released when the nation's wounds from the Watergate scandal and Nixon's resignation were still fresh, the movie was shocking at the time; today's more jaded audience is less likely to get emotionally involved when the far-reaching-conspiracy premise isn't surprising anymore. Violence includes a lot of murder and assassination with guns that mostly show small amounts of blood without other gore, although one gunshot in the throat is shown. Language is infrequent but strong, including "f--k" and "son of a bitch." One sex scene shows kissing, caressing, and the woman's bra briefly.

    Following the idea that Three days of the Condor may really convey deeper message. Would this ever be allowed by the matrix? Luckily I think yes!

  • In this sense “Three Days of the Condor” had a (small) educational aspect, though it certainly was not the only influence which lead to this. Other people, teachers, books, features have contributed more or less. It is always a sum of things, where only one single item will not be enough. Like if you are watching an “anti-war” movie, some may simply enjoy the action, but never get to think about what war can do to real world people. Other may get triggered to object to serve the army. It is never just black and white.

    […] movie stars Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), Lindsay Wagner (Ricochet), and John Houseman (Three Days of the Condor). Edward Hermann (The Lost Boys), James Naughton (The Devil Wears Prada), and Graham Beckel (L.A. […]

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    Three Days of the Condor

      THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR is a tense, quiet spy thriller that's more about trying to piece together the mystery than it is about action. Director Sydney Pollack keeps the audience as in the dark as the hero is, and as a result it can be hard to follow at times. People appear talking quietly and cryptically without it even being clear who exactly they are. It's an effective way of keeping the viewer as off-balance as the Condor and is best appreciated by those who are tired of movies that spoon-feed plot and motivation.

    Three Days of the Condor (1975) - IMDb

    Sydney Pollack is a director whose career is full of well known and often well-respected films (Tootsie, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Jeremiah Johnson etc.) but he doesn't really attract the same kind of admiration that other directors who found fame in the late 60's and 70's do. Perhaps he had less of a signature style than most so is seen as a 'director for hire', but it's hard to find many others with so many solid titles under their belt and so few clunkers (although his 90's/00's work isn't as strong as his 70's/80's output). I must admit I've not seen a huge number of his films and some I haven't seen for years (Tootsie and The Firm), but I love his underrated gangster movie The Yakuza and can't resist a 70's thriller, so didn't hesitate to volunteer to review his 1975 film Three Days of the Condor, finally released in the UK (it's never been available on home video for some reason) on dual format Blu-Ray & DVD as part of Eureka's excellent Masters of Cinema collection.