THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975)

Dir. Sydney Pollack

Made in the wake of the Watergate scandal, this CIA thriller became even more timely during production when Seymour Hersh began his New York Times reports on covert CIA operations involving illegal wiretaps and political assassinations. More recent headlines have done little to dispel the film's spirit of paranoia, helped greatly by Sydney Pollack's tight direction and a strong cast. The story focuses on a minor CIA researcher (Robert Redford) who learns he can trust no one after he returns from lunch to discover everyone in his undercover office murdered. As he fights for his life and the truth behind the killings, he kidnaps an innocent photographer (Faye Dunaway), setting the stage for romance amidst the thrills. Pollack moved the novel's location from Washington to New York, which gave him access to strong theatrical talent like Walter McGinn and Carlin Glynn and memorable locations including The New York Times building and the interior of the World Trade Center. He added some extra tension by casting international star Max von Sydow as the freelance assassin on Redford's tail.

In attendance: Max von Sydow.

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
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