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The Three Days of the Condor 1975 ****

Sydney Pollack’s superbly paranoid thriller sees Robert Redford as the meek New York book-reader who discovers he’s part of a doomed CIA operation when an assassin (Max von Sydow) murders his co-workers. Redford kidnaps and romances Faye Dunaway as the forces of darkness gather, but distinguishing the good and bad guys is a problem that Pollack cleverly fudges.  Refdords transformation from cycling nerd to super-spy is subtly done, making Three Days one of the great conspiracy movies.

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