The Parallax View1974
The Parallax View (1974)
Critic Consensus: The Parallax View blends deft direction from Alan J. Pakula and a charismatic Warren Beatty performance to create a paranoid political thriller that stands with the genre's best.
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as Joseph Frady
as Lee Carter
as Austin Tucker
as Jack Younger
as Editor Edgar Rintels
as Sheriff L.D.
as Deputy Red
as Sen. Carroll
as Mrs. Carroll
as Art, an Assassin
as Sen. Hammond
as Former FBI Agent Turner
as Commission Spokesman
as Commission Spokesman
as Tucker's Aide
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Critic Reviews for The Parallax View
The movie's director, Alan J. Pakula, works on location to get a nice feel of outdoor menace a lot of the time.
For my taste the suspenseful set pieces go on much too long, and the message -- that right-wing conspiracy is built into the American political and corporate structure -- is overstated.
It's an astringently cynical take on official history, with Warren Beatty as a muckraker investigating the strange aftershocks of a senator's killing.
Audience Reviews for The Parallax View
A smart, engrossing paranoid political thriller concerning a journalist (Warren Beatty) who stumbles upon a conspiracy in which a senator who was murdered three years ago might actually have been offed by the government. While it does not possess the same character depth such as say, "The Conversation", another paranoid political thriller, had, it still is exciting and watchable due to the twists it implements. The last fifteen minutes or so are particularly arresting, with sharp camera work which captures memorable shots, including its smart, cleverly pieced together grand finale, which doesn't disappoint.
Maybe I need to see this movie again, but I thought it was really slow and boring. The story was pretty good, though. Overall, it's okay.
Very slow paced and manipulative, but it's such a unique and powerful experience. Government conspiracies are either topics for very bad movies or very good movies, this is definitely one of the better. Warren Beatty plays such a great character and way of attaining the plot's information. This is more a cautionary tale about digging too deep and how there are forces at work that we aren't even aware of. For a 70s premise, this must've been shocking at its release and still sort've is. To have a sense of powerlessness is truly scary.
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