Three Days of the Condor

Year: 1975
Director: Sydney Pollack
Writer: Lorenzo Semple Jr
Cast: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max Von Sydow
A great idea, and one of the finer paranoid political thrillers of the great era when they were at the forefront, but you have to ignore some touches like the technology and wardrobe that date the film quite badly.

Redford is a slightly cocky young CIA operative who reads books, looking for outlandish schemes that might be adopted by the enemies of the US. Returning from lunch one day to find his mild-mannered colleagues have all been mown down by machine gun fire, the hero must try to make contact with the superiors he's never dealt with and work out whom he can trust.

When they try to hit him as well, he goes on the run, kidnapping a woman off the street (Dunaway) and forcing her to take him home so he has a safe base from which to work out what's going on.

The film portrays the coldly clinical CIA well, and its only downfall is the romance that blooms between Redford and Dunaway at the unlikeliest of times. Some great creative talents behind the camera, such as Pollack at the helm and Lorenzo Semple ( King Kong Semple Jr as the scripter, give a fairly mundane idea a large boost.

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