3 Days Of The Condor Review
3 Days Of The Condor
September 24, 1975
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Faye Dunaway’s Biography
In her biography “Looking for Gatsby”, Faye Dunaway says of this film: “Now I’m sorry but the idea of being kidnapped and ravaged by Robert Redford was anything but frightening. [At one point, after Redford temporarily left the set and director Pollack took over his role for the scene where Dunaway’s character might be attacked] the cameras were rolling, I was in position, and suddenly Sydney lunged at me, growling ‘I AM GOING TO GET YOU!’. I’m tied up at this point, unable to get away or move much at all, but Sydney kept moving toward me, his eyes glaring at me as he went on detailing all the horrible things he was going to do to me, and let me tell you, Sydney has an inventive mind. He is also a great actor, and he scared the hell out of me. Sydney kept the camera rolling and he was relentless”.
Same line used
At the end of film Condor says to the CIA man, “What is it with you people? You think not being caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth.” Sydney Pollack used this line also in Michael Clayton (2007).
Place where Turner goes to pick up lunch
The place where Turner goes to pick up lunch for everyone – The Lexington Candy Shop (1226 Lexington Ave btwn 82/83 sts.) – is still there, still looks the same, and has a steady clientele.
“Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady
The film was made and released about a year after the 1974 publication of its source novel, “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady. The novel’s time period was compressed for the picture, hence the “time-compression title change” as show-business trade paper ‘Variety’ put it. Grady followed up the book with a sequel in 1978 called “Shadow of the Condor” but this property has never been filmed.
The film inspired the story structure for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
The movie won the Mystery Writers of America’s 1976 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.
Chris Peachment of Time Out described the movie as being “neo-Hitchcock”.
As per ‘Variety’
According to show-business trade paper ‘Variety’, the picture was a “contemporary example of an old studio formula approach to filmmaking”.
Political conspiracy thrillers
First of two mid-1970s political conspiracy thrillers starring actor Robert Redford. The second picture was All the President’s Men (1976). The films were made and released in consecutive years, this film in 1975 and the other movie in 1976.
What was it that caused the CIA to go after Turner?
Turner first noticed an obscure mystery novel was being translated into an odd assortment of languages, e.g. Dutch, Spanish, Turkish but not French, Arabic but not Russian or German, so he filed a report with main CIA headquarters at Langley. Although their reply says that there is nothing to support his theory about connections between operations in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and other locations around the world, a copy of the reply was cc’d to Washington section chief Wicks (Michael Kane) who showed the report to CIA Deputy Director of Operations Leonard Atwood (Addison Powell) who has a hidden agenda of his own.
How does the movie end?
After learning from Joubert where Atwood lives, Turner confronts him at gunpoint in his study and learns that he had uncovered a secret plan to take over Middle Eastern oil fields, setting in motion the deaths of all of his section’s members. Suddenly, Turner hears a familiar voice behind him. ‘Drop the gun,’ Joubert orders. Sighing in defeat, Turner drops his gun but is totally surprised when Joubert shoots Atwood in the head. Joubert explains that the game has changed. Although Atwood had hired him to terminate the Condor, his superiors at the CIA rehired him to terminate Atwood, so the contract with Atwood is now null. On their way out together, Joubert congratulates Turner on his resourcefulness at staying alive and suggests that he leave the country or even become an assassin like himself. Turner refuses, so Joubert describes how, someday when he least expects it, someone he trusts will pull up in a car and offer him a ride. In the final scene, Turner is standing on a busy street in New York City when he notices Higgins getting out of a car. Higgins offers a ride but, heeding Joubert’s words, Turner refuses it. Instead, they walk on the sidewalk together, Higgins defending Atwood’s plan to invade the Middle East and warning him that the day will come when oil shortages will have Americans begging the government to use any means necessary. They stop in front of The New York Times building. Turner informs Higgins that he’s already told them the story. ‘Oh, you dumb s.o.b.,’ sighs Higgins. ‘You’ve done more harm than you know.’ ‘I hope so,’ Turner replies. As Turner turns to walk away, Higgins asks how he can be sure that they will print it, but Turner just keeps on walking.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.(Click here to see)