Three Days of the Condor

Is there film that captures the essence of “our government is doing things we don’t know
about” in a real world, tangible way like Three Days of the Condor does?

“What if there is a CIA inside the CIA?”

Max von Sydow in Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor feels as real and relevant now as it must have in the mid
1970s when it was released. The tagline “In the next twenty-four hours everyone he trusts
will try to kill him” is as chilling a scenario as I can imagine. I mean, really, try to imagine a
scenario where everyone you trust is now trying to kill you and everything you thought you
knew isn’t. That is as world shattering as it gets, folks, and it makes for a hell of a spy film!

Robert Redford and Cliff Robertson in Three Days of the Condor

“The CIA knows him as Condor. What he knows about them has just made him an
Endangered Species.”

Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor

“Three Days of the Condor”
Robert Redford
1975 Paramount

The plot here, while not really surprising at all when everything is said and done, is
nonetheless a nailbiter as we hold our breath waiting to see what has happened and what will
happen. And of course, why. If you’re a fan of some of these Captain America type or
Bourne type films for their plot lines, do yourself a favor and check out Three Days of the
Condor. It doesn’t feature any CGI or special effects. The action is slower and more sparing
than in newer films, so if you just need a visual adrenaline rush why are you reading my
blog? I certainly never recommend hollow, blingy films. If you want the mental rush of a
good espionage caper you could do no better than this film.

Faye Dunaway in Three Days of the Condor

There are a few aspects of this film I want to praise particularly. First is the music,
which really does it for me. Something about jazzy 70s soundtracks makes me happy even if
the screen features nothing but ice melting. Fortunately, here, there’s a lot going on besides
water changing states. Next, I want to say the dialog in Three Days of the Condor is particu-
larly deserving of praise. There are so many quotable lines sprinkled throughout this film I
won’t even bother to print them here. Just know that if you appreciate good dialog in a film,
Three Days of the Condor is for you.

Of course, if you’re a fan of 1970s NYC street scenes, this film has plenty of those too.

street musicians in Three Days of the Condor

In closing, if you have somehow failed to see Three Days of the Condor yet, be sure to seek it out today! You won’t regret it.

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