Sydney Pollack’s Three Days Of The Condor is 1970s cinema at its finest and the Christmas setting helps add some wintry chills to proceedings. The 1975 paranoia thriller is almost flawless and it features Robert Redford at his most charismatic. The pic is was based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady. Redford would later riff on his Condor performance in Tony Scott’s 2001 film, Spy Game.
Hollywood doesn’t make this type of classy thriller anymore. Few directors today have the skill or class of Sydney Pollack and it’s rare that a star can hold the screen quite like Robert Redford in his prime. There’s nothing flashy here – just excellent storytelling.
This image shows Pollack setting-up a shot alongside Redford on the set of Three Days Of The Condor. The film was the third of seven collaborations between Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack’s and it scored over $41 million at the US box office in 1975 dollars.