Three Days of the Condor

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The classic Seventies spy thriller where a rogue intelligence agency starts killing its own operatives

Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel was based on the 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady.

Set mainly in New York City and Washington, D.C., the film is about a CIA researcher who comes back from lunch one day to discover his co-workers murdered.

Joe Turner is a bookish CIA analyst, code named “Condor”. He works at the American Literary Historical Society in New York City, which is actually a clandestine CIA office. The seven staff members examine books, newspapers, and magazines from around the world. Turner files a report to CIA headquarters on a thriller novel with strange plot elements; despite poor sales it has been translated into many languages.

Turner leaves through a back door to get staff lunches. Armed men enter the office and murder the other six staffers. Turner returns to find his coworkers dead; frightened, he grabs a gun and exits the building.

It’s also the dawn of war for oil and the military industrial complex’s destruction of the middle east.

Three Days of the Condor was filmed in various locations in New York City (including the World Trade Centre, 55 East 77th Street, Brooklyn Heights. The film earned $8,925,000 in theatrical showings in North America.

Secretive unaccountable rogue intelligence agencies are always a law unto themselves and are the main reason why tyranny still exists.

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