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

Hohum Score

5

Breathtaking

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: 12 out of 171 found boring (7.01%)

One-line Reviews (97)

This film is definitely one worth watching by anyone.

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.

Quiet, intermittently gripping political thriller .

The first thirty minutes were pretty exciting.

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

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

Not dated, but dull .

It has first-rate suspense and is definitely entertaining.

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

Very watchable, very entertaining...

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

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.

A terrific, snappy conspiracy film.

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

Nevertheless, this is a taut drama well worth watching.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

A timeless and nearly perfect, trenchantly suspenseful gem.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

) 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

It's a suspenseful classic.

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

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.

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

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' ***/*****

Entertaining 70's thriller .

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Unique and compelling .

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

Solidly entertaining old-school conspiracy thriller .

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 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.

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

"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.

Entertaining...

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

An exciting, intelligent thriller .

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

Pollack's Direction is tense, unpredictable & grasping.

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

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

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.

Snore, snore, snore.

Very confusing .

The plot seems contrived.

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.

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

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

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

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

Is this movie worth watching?

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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).

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

it's entertaining.

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

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".

Worth watching though.

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.

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

The Three Days of Condor was a very entertaining movie.

Post Watergate/CIA paranoia in this intriguing Pollack movie .

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

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.

The film has an unpredictable ending for all involved.

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

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).

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