A CIA researcher finds all of coworkers
shot dead and quickly realizes he’s next.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel
Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson,
Max von Sydow, John Houseman
Based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady
Oscar Nominations - Best Film Editing
Three Days of the Condor is based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady. It is one of many great films directed by Sydney Pollack and one of the stronger Robert Redford performances I’ve ever seen. I have to be honest though, I watched it because of the late great, Max von Sydow. I’ve seen a decent amount of Pollack’s work, but Three Days of the Condor is my favorite so far.
Joe Turner is a CIA researcher, code named “Condor” who works at a building in New York City. One day, he goes out for lunch and shows back up to see all of his co-workers shot dead. Turner grabs a gun, exits the building, and contacts headquarters for help. The instructions he is given lead him down a dark and paranoid path full of back stabbing people. Turner eventually runs into a woman named Kathy and he forces her to let him hideout at her apartment because no one will know where he is. The folks that killed his coworkers want to finish the job though, so they set out to find the “Condor.”
Three Days of the Condor is a perfectly executed spy thriller. Pollack is so damn good at making each space valuable. The showdown between Turner and the guy disguised as a mailman inside Kathy’s apartment is a heart stopper. Robert Redford delivers a powerhouse performance as Joe Turner and Faye Dunaway is just a force on the screen without even talking. Her movements and reactions say it all. Max von Sydow as Joubert, Turner’s main problem is the best though. He’s frightening and dresses like a fucking champ. Rest In Peace, Max.