USA / 1975
Director: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow
Sydney Pollack’s action-packed thriller, The Three Days of the Condor, tells the story of Joseph Turner (Robert Redford), a young CIA agent who goes out for lunch only to come back and find all of his colleagues have been assassinated.
After barely escaping for his life, Turner desperately tries to get a handle on what happened. He contacts the CIA, who he hopes will rectify the situation. Unfortunately, Turner finds himself in the middle of an explosive situation when one the agents contracted to help him turns out to be murderer in his own right.
Fleeing for his life, Turner takes Kathy (Faye Dunaway), a young woman, hostage. Fearing the worst, Turner tries desperately to figure out what’s going on. He contacts his deputy director (Cliff Robertson), uncovers a plot within the CIA and narrowly escapes the entire episode with his life in tact.
Excellent performances by Redford, Robertson and Dunaway make this 1975 thriller extremely relevant, even today. The tense overtones of governmental conspiracy adequately reflect a post-Watergate society, and the film’s gripping plot ensures the audience is swept away in a web of intrigue.