Three Days of the Condor (1975) - Mystery, Thriller

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A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 184 found boring (7.06%)

One-line Reviews (108)

A timeless and nearly perfect, trenchantly suspenseful gem.

Nevertheless, this is a taut drama well worth watching.

By today's standards it is slow, offensively simplistic and overall poorly made.

In other words, he's a hero against the machine, and if the movie is sometimes slow, it creates a nice pace for the end, which is beautifully thought out.

This exciting mystery contains thrills , action , shootouts , suspense and is quite entertaining .

The above film is actually gripping, exciting and well made in all areas.

Unfortunately, other elements drag the film out more in boring ways.

The film has an unpredictable ending for all involved.

Personally, I like to have the plot set up early enough that I am on the edge of my seat hoping he would be saved from the bad guys.

John Houseman provides a stunning cameo role as Mr. Wabash, the CIA professional.

Sydney Pollack expertly directs this engaging espionage thriller about Joseph Turner (Robert Redford), a man who walks into work and finds every one of his co-workers dead.

With this visually gripping sequence, the stage is set for one of the best suspense films of the 1970s, Sydney Pollack's classic THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR.

Not dated, but dull .

Pollack keeps the pace and tension up (except for a slightly lagging middle act), and the plot twists keep things from getting predictable.

) The film is almost peerless in it's ability to create fear of government, all the while remaining entertaining and believable and sprinkling little bits of humor in every so often (notably in Dunaway's remarks.

Post Watergate/CIA paranoia in this intriguing Pollack movie .

Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson and the positively brilliant Max von Sydow perfectly captures the intense 'paranoia' (and mistrust) that was sweeping the USA after 'Water-gate' in particular (also the fall-out from Vietnam, etc. etc.)....

'Three Days of the Condor' is arresting & insanely entertaining.

Pollack's Direction is tense, unpredictable & grasping.

While this movie does not have the overwhelming paranoid feel to it that a movie like The Parallax View had, it is stylish, convincing, and an intriguing movie.

The first thirty minutes were pretty exciting.

Subtle thriller, with intense rather than explosive action...

The technology in this film is laughably dated (the dial phones and the computer search made me giggle) but, that aside, this is reasonably entertaining.

I wasn't on my seat, I was falling asleep.

Apparently he loves suspenseful thrillers and I sure hope for him that his movies will age as well as those that Hitchcock made.

The Three Days of the Condor is pretty entertaining with a stellar cast featuring Oscar winners like Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, John Houseman and Cliff Robertson.

This is a riveting Man on the run show with its only weakness the middle romance that seems unlikely and out of place.

"Three Days Of The Condor" was understandably a great box office success at the time of its release and remains tense, intriguing and gripping throughout.

However, director Sydney Pollack really pulls off a gripping suspense drama here, with mild-mannered researcher for the CIA caught up in dirty doings within the operation after all his colleagues are murdered.

Is this movie worth watching?

The dialog and exposition serve fascinating food for thought while the suspense unfolds revelations as the story thrusts deeper towards danger.

it's entertaining.

Part chase film, part romance, it's all very entertaining.

But one has to remember that from the early-'70s into the early-'80s, most dramatic films were virtually required to have one "explicit" -- and usually contrived -- sex scene, just because movies now could.

This is acting of a very high quality and the use of the various technical skills in tracing the telephone connections - properly signalled by an earlier overview by his superiors - is gripping in its authenticity.

Aside from being an interesting part of film history, it's pretty entertaining even if Condor's revelations are a bit passe nowadays.

As well as all of the above the story itself is engaging and has enough suspense and intrigue to guarantee audience involvement.

It boasts a great cast, incredible acting, a suspenseful, intelligent, and coherent plot, and is probably one of the highest points in Sidney Pollack's career.

), but they are just secondary things against a suspenseful and clever plot and great acting.

Worth watching though.

Sydney Pollack makes of "Three Days of Condor" a rare great thriller that still can make our hearts beat fast, with enormous qualities in terms of acting, screenplay, direction, cinematography, editing and music, and he only would made a similar interesting work in the also thrilling "The Firm".

The Three Days of Condor was a very entertaining movie.

Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway and Max Van Sydow are excellent, but the story is too slow and the twists too few and far-between to keep the momentum from lagging.

It's a suspenseful classic.

I will not watch again, and I would suggest that you don't waste your time unless you have some specific interest in the body of work of someone involved.

And like no-leaves trees, like empty benches, like desert boulevards Kathy has photographed and hanged into her home, she and Joe understand one another in their solitudes, and they can find a point of contact lingering in a fleeting dim-light, a place where to solve the muddle of subterfuges surrounding Condor (that's Turner's codename).

This film is definitely one worth watching by anyone.

At its best this spy thriller is tense, engaging and good fodder for paranoids with conspiracy theory fever.

An exciting, intelligent thriller from the greatest period in American cinema.

Tense, suspenseful Nixon era thriller.

Entertaining 70's thriller .

This, director Sydney Pollack's ninth film, is a well-made thriller, taut and engrossing, and all too persuasive.

One of the most intriguing elements of this film is trying to answer the question: Is it dated, "of the era" entertainment or is it remarkably prescient film-making.

Again though, watching it now it seems to lack in the thrilling and enthralling department.

Snore, snore, snore.

This aside it is a truly gripping case of uncovering more than one hopes.

A passable even enjoyable bit of Hollywood boilerplate from 40 years ago when Redford still looked good (before his face became a lined road map) he was 39 at the time and of course Faye Dunaway was good as a won over hostage.

As others have noted, the beginning is quite interesting and exciting.

If you looking for a compelling thriller mixing politics and justifiable paranoia watch Dunaway in Chinatown or Redford in All the President's Men instead

A terrific, snappy conspiracy film.

The plot seems contrived.

Some of the most entertaining films are directed around a conspiracy.

An exciting, intelligent thriller .

An edge of the seat roller coaster ride of a film, worth watching again.

Well Done But Pointless .

Dunaway is Redford's initially unwilling assistant and the two do work very well together (Dunaway gives a very intense performance which makes a lot of the dramatic scenes exceptionally good).

The tension never lets up in this grim, exciting tale, as Turner discovers he can trust no one, and barely survives assassination attempts, again and again.

Splendid cinematography with numerous fantastic New York street locations help to make this a most exciting tale that does not overstay its welcome.

The "relationship" between Redford and Dunaway is a miniature "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" scenario in and of itself and some may feel it is a pointless and overwhelming (based on the sex appeal and charisma of the two leading performers) plot diversion.

Goofy, but entertaining .

One of the most compelling films I've ever seen.

Solidly entertaining old-school conspiracy thriller .

We meet an engaging ensemble of Redford's co-workers and moments later they are all killed off.

This thriller from 1975 has maintained its freshness; sure the technology is old fashioned but the story is still gripping without relying on non-stop action, explosions and shaky camera work one would expect today.

It just goes to show that an intense thriller in 1975 = boring and dated in 2003.

Max von Sydow gives that role some unexpected depth, and I really enjoyed him here.

This suspenseful thriller sees the characters struggle against a system that has perpetuated many falsehoods.

Dunaway plays stunning hostage turned friend; Cliff Robertson is outstanding as amoral agency official trying to reel Redford in one way or another.


The plot had potential but got lost in confusing twists and turns.

The scenes between the lead male and female actress are tedious, out-dated, politically incorrect..and totally nonsensical....

Shy of a masterpiece only due to points subtracted for minor period-associated chintz, as well as a slightly ambiguous, minimally confusing story line.

However, Pollack does just enough to pull the film through, making it a rather entertaining caper although it still lacks the same kind of gravitas as either Parallax or Presidents' ***/*****

In terms of politically driven content and quiet suspense, "Three Days of the Condor" holds up well, but as a gripping conspiracy thriller, it can't quite compete with the films of today.

" These murders are completely unexpected, savage, unmotivated by anything that we are aware of, and graphic.

One reason is this: one of the most intense hand-to-hand combat scenes in any movie, any time, any genre.

This is an entertaining conspiracy thriller that has the 70's written all over it.

I thought the story was compelling, the directing tight, and the acting very good.

Very confusing .

Adapting the novel "Six Days of the Condor" by James Grady, screenwriters Lorenzo Semple, Jr. & David Rayfiel and director Sydney Pollack make this an intriguing and involved tale of paranoia and suspicion.

It's still worth watching more than once, especially with the performances of John Houseman and Max Von Sydow.

The pacing of this film is intense, but, unlike so many films, where quick edits are done "just because we can," the snappy cutting of Condor works to its advantage.

Whatever meek fondness I had for the Bourne films prior to seeing Three Days of the Condor has almost all but vaporised and this is due to the engrossing and engaging film that is Three Days of the Condor, an espionage film made at a time when espionage was at the peak of its existence and when film-making was, arguably, film-making.

It has first-rate suspense and is definitely entertaining.

Nothing happens.

The rest is an solid exercise in film-making, subdued and involving, surprising and engaging.

Unique and compelling .

Not only that but in its own right it's a solid film that is suspenseful, atmospheric, and very enjoyable.

Very watchable, very entertaining...

Several 'reviews' would take to task such nonsense and say how it makes the film 'unwatchable,' or some such rot.

Three days of the Condor is a riveting CIA suspense flick that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat.

Pollack wisely allows us to share in Turner's horror and confusion upon finding his dead co-workers.

Dear Sydney Pollack, Three Days of Condor was thrilling for the most part.

But in terms of gripping entertainment and espionage films, "Three Days of the Condor" will likely not find itself among the all-time great conversations -- and more and more so as time wears on.

Intelligent without being complicated or fuzzy, breathtaking without making the audience feel dizzy with some innovating shaky camera, "Three Days of Condor" might look dated or not much demanding in terms of surprise, but it certainly it's a serious and thrilling experience, with lots of action and effective and well balanced dramatic moments between Dunaway and Redford, and it has many things that lack in today's movies: it makes us feel good and it makes us really scared for the sake of these characters, we can relate to them and to their dangerous moments fighting the bad guys.

Three Days of the Condor is a classic entry in the always entertaining spy genre.

Three Days of the Condor is well crafted, exciting relic of the Cold War.

All in all, a good enjoyable experience and a chance for those who don't remember the era to really revel in and enjoy a classic 70s slice of spy action.