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Three Days of the Condor Details


"His code name is Condor. In the next 24 hours, everyone he trusts will try to kill him." As the ads ominously announced, a low-level spook confronts the unfathomable in Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller, adapted from the James Grady novel Six Days of the Condor. CIA researcher Joe Turner (Robert Redford) returns from lunch to find the entire staff of his small New York office assassinated. When he meets his boss (Cliff Robertson) at another location to tell him what happened, someone tries to shoot Turner as well. On the run from the cops and his agency, a desperate Turner resorts to holing up with innocent civilian Kathy (Faye Dunaway), who becomes his only ally. Joe decides to save himself the only way possible -- by going to The New York Times. But will it work? One of a cycle of conspiracy films from the 1970s that also included Faye Dunaway (1974) and Redford's Redford (1976), Three Days of the Condor pits a working everyman (albeit a CIA everyman) against a far-reaching conspiracy, as it also criticizes the CIA during a period of increasing publicity about federal wrongdoing, from the Pentagon Papers through Watergate and other congressional investigations. The challenge of negotiating New York City, shot on location, becomes one more sign of the forces that Joe must face. With its timely subject matter, taut suspense, and sympathetic Redford hero, Three Days of the Condor became a substantial hit. Balancing the conspiracy cycle's pessimism with a margin of attenuated hope, Three Days of the Condor suggests that one man can still discover the truth, but whether it helps him remains to be seen. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 1975


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Faye Dunaway Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1975 Nominee
Edgar Allan Poe Awards Lorenzo Semple, Jr. Best Screenplay 1975 Winner
Edgar Allan Poe Awards David Rayfiel Best Screenplay 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frederic Steinkamp Best Editing 1975 Nominee


Robert Redford
as Joe Turner
Faye Dunaway
as Kathy Hale
Cliff Robertson
as Higgins
Max von Sydow
as Joubert
John Houseman
as Wabash
Carlin Glynn
as Mae Barber
Addison Powell
as Atwood
Michael Kane
as Wicks
Walter McGinn
as Sam Barber
Arthur French
as Messenger
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. Russell
Don McHenry
as Dr.Lappe
Norman Bush
as Police Lieutenant
Michael Prince
as Civilian
Ed Crowley
as Ordinance Man
Robert Phalen
as Newberry
Hank Garrett
as Mailman
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Teenager
James Keane
as Store Clerk
Ed Setrakian
as Customer
Tina Chen
as Janice
Carol Gustafson
as Landlady
Dino Narizzano
as Harold
Jay Devlin
as Tall Thin Man
Hansford Rowe
as Jennings
Myron Natwick
as Civilian
Dorothi Fox
as Nurse
Patrick Gorman
as Martin
John Randolph Jones
as Beefy Man
Robert Dahdah
as Santa Claus
Jess Osuna
as The Major


Sydney Pollack
Stanley Schneider
David Rayfiel
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Owen Roizman
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Frederic Steinkamp
Stephen B. Grimes
Production Designer
Gene Rudolf
Art Director
Joseph G. Aulisi
Costume Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Augie Lohman
Special Effects