Directed by Sydney Pollack, this political thriller focuses on a CIA agent and what happens when he has to work alone in Three Days of the Condor.
Based on the book Six Days of the Condor by James Grady, the movie starred Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow and Cliff Robertson.
Redford plays Joe Turner, a CIA agent who is part of a low-level team in New York City who scans books, newspapers and magazines for hidden messages from the enemy.
When his team is killed, Turner (code name Condor) has to figure out how to survive, who is trying to kill him and why in three days. The assassin is played by von Sydow.
Dunaway plays Kathy Hale, who is kidnapped by Turner and forced to help him, meanwhile Turner is trying to figure out if he can trust the deputy CIA director J. Higgins played by Robertson.
And unlike conventional films, this 1970s movie left the ending open – leaving the viewers wondering about what may have happened, could have happened and ironically tie the plot to the possibility of a world oil shortage.
Released in September 1974, this thriller was a hit, bringing in over $41 million at the box office, and several awards, including Grammys, Golden Globes and an Academy Award for the film.
Garnering many positive critical reviews at the time, viewing the film now, despite its fiction status, its easily a historical snapshot of the early 1970s, and adds to the myth of America’s Central Intelligence Agency.