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1970s, Drama - Conspiracy

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady
Writers/Script Lorenzo Semple Jr, David Rayfiel
Additional Info This might be the first American “Conspiracy” film made prompted by the Watergate affair.
Director Sydney Pollack
Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John Houseman
Elevator Pitch All the employees in an obscure sub-department of the CIA which is engaged in reading documents to detect possible leaks in CIA operations are shot by assasins, except for one who is out getting the lunch. He goes on the run unable to determine whether his CIA connections are on his side or not, so he must rely on help from a young woman who he has kidnapped.
Content A number of efficient assasinations with silenced automatic weapons, much tension as the chief assassin is on the trail of the CIA man, time spent in the woman’s flat with one implied sex scene and clever use of 1970s technology, particularly the phone system.
A View I really enjoyed this, appreciating the brief insertions of violence but the sex scene not quite so much. It just seemed shoehorned in. But I think a sort of classic and well worth your time even after more than 40 years, And yes, we all used to wear jeans like that!

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