Three Days of the Condor (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Three Days of the Condor (1975)



Critic Consensus: This post-Watergate thriller captures the paranoid tenor of the times, thanks to Syndey Pollack's taut direction and excellent performances from Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.

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In this thriller, Turner is a New York-based CIA employee. Sent to pick up lunch, Turner returns to discover that everyone in his tiny office has been murdered. When an attempt is made on his life, he finds himself on the run from both the CIA and the police.

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Robert Redford
as Joseph Turner / The Condor
Faye Dunaway
as Kathy Hale
Cliff Robertson
as J. Higgins
Tina Chen
as Janice
Don McHenry
as Dr. Lappe
Jess Osuna
as Mitchell
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. Russell
Hansford Rowe
as Jennings
Carlin Glynn
as Mae Barber
Hank Garrett
as Mailman
Arthur French
as Messenger
Jay Devlin
as Tall Thin Man
Robert Phalen
as Newberry
Lee Steele
as Heidegger
Ed Crowley
as Ordinance Man
John P. Connell
as TV Reporter
Norman Bush
as Alice Lieutenant
James Keane
as Store Clerk
Ed Setrakian
as Customer
Myron Natwick
as Civilian
Sal Schillizi
as Locksmith
David Bowman
as Telephone Worker
Eileen Gordon
as CIA Receptionist
Robert Dahdah
as Santa Claus
Harmon Williams
as CIA Agent
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Critic Reviews for Three Days of the Condor

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (8)

This peerless Sydney Pollack thriller hasn't just aged well, it's become positively prophetic, or at least eerily resonant.

May 8, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A piece of dotty, slightly paranoid intrigue. Three Days of the Condor promises little and keeps its word. It is hard to get indignant about it, or enthusiastic either.

August 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Basically a B, it has been elevated in form -- but not in substance -- via four bigger names, location shooting and more production values. Sometimes the trick works, but not here.

March 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Basically, the film is a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness.

March 1, 2007 | Full Review…

The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Three Days of the Condor is a well-made thriller, tense and involving, and the scary thing, in these months after Watergate, is that it's all too believable.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Three Days of the Condor


Redford competently portrays a CIA researcher on the run --- from the CIA, even if he's a touch too jock to play a nerd. Dunaway is unusually restrained and thereby good as a casual interested bystander. And Von Sydow is (always good) a workman assassin. The plot doesn't bear close observation but it is hardly the point either. Paranoia is, and that aspect director Pollock maintains. So-so.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Classic 1970s espionage thriller that starts out surprisingly light-hearted until the shit hits the fan. From there on out it's still interesting enough to see things unfold, but there aren't a lot of particularly exciting encounters or scenes. Certainly a decent effort for its time, but to be honest, we've had much better since.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Movies this genuinely fun haven't been made since the 70s (except maybe the Coens' movies). Every action thriller from the 80s onwards got too polished and grand, loses touch with the characters. Holds up. Faye Dunaway is stunning and alarmingly hypnotizing.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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