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Three Days of the Condor

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense, violent '70s spy movie shows its age.

Movie R 1975 117 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+


great date night movie that will keep u glued to the tube this beats all the newer spy thrillers Redford great performance immediate feel for the character watched this when I was 12 on a rainy afternoon. great flick. intense scenes . awesome movie

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This is a tense, quiet spy thriller that's more about trying to piece together the mystery than it is about action. Director Sydney Pollack keeps the audience as in the dark as the hero is, and as a result it can be hard to follow at times. People appear talking quietly and cryptically without it even being clear who exactly they are. It's an effective way of keeping the viewer as off-balance as the Condor and is best appreciated by those who are tired of movies that spoon-feed plot and motivation.

Otherwise, the appeal of Three Days of the Condor to teens is limited. A large part of what allowed contemporary audiences to emotionally engage in the film at the time was a newly discovered horror of the depths to which government institutions will sink to protect themselves. For today's audience, that's pretty much a given. Which leaves Redford's magnetism (as evident as ever, despite this not being his strongest performance), the mystery to solve, and some entertaining glimpses of mid-'70s technology. A fine choice for teens with an interest in this particular time in history but not for those who just want a roller coaster ride.

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