THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (Rated: R, 117 mins, Paramount Pictures, Released: September 24, 1975)
“It began with Bob (Redford) and I wanting to have some fun… We kept saying, ‘Why are we always grappling with these horrendous themes and heavy weight stuff? Let’s just go out and shoot a movie that’s fun, it’s contemporary, let’s do this.’ …And then, as is our wont, once we sat down and started to work with it and really pull the scenes apart – and again, pulled David Rayfiel in – I think it transformed itself into something else.” –
Sydney Pollack on the origins of THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, from this interview.
The cast and crew list for THREE DAYS… reads like a veritable who’s who of 1970s American Cinema. The film itself is pure 70s zeitgeist and the template for so many political/spy thrillers that would follow. Roger Ebert referred to this in his original review of the film: “Hollywood stars used to play cowboys and generals. Now they’re wiretappers and assassins, or targets.”
Director: Sydney Pollack, Writers: James Grady (Novel “Six Days of the Condor”) Lorenzo Semple Jr. (Screenplay) David Rayfiel (Screenplay), Producer: Stanley Schneider, Cinematographer: Owen Roizman, Composers: Dave Grusin, Editor: E. Lloyd Sheldon Casting Director: Shirley Rich Production Designer: Stephen B. Grimes
CAST: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John Houseman, Addison Powell
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