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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Joe Turner (Robert Redford) is a CIA analyst whose job is to read books, he's not James Bond or Jason Bourne he just reads books. One day he returns from lunch to find all his co-workers dead, apparently he filed a report that revealed something someone in the agency doesn't want known. This is a solid spy thriller with Redford giving an excellent performance as a man, though not a super spy, has read a lot of books and can put that knowledge to good use. The film does have an odd love interest between Redford and Faye Dunaway who plays a woman that he takes hostage, it's weird and a bit dark. The highlight of the film is Max von Sydow as the contract killer hunting Redford down and he epitomizes the word "professional." The final scene between Redford and Sydow make this one of my favorite thrillers.

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