A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. —IMDb
Sydney Pollack was born to first generation Russian-Jewish Americans on July 1, 1934. After graduating from his Indiana high school, he went to New York and became a student at the Neighborhood Playhouse, a celebrated Greenwich Village school, where he studied under Sanford Meisner. He served two years in the army before returning to the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1958 as a teacher, and began appearing as an actor in live television dramas. His appearance in a John Frankenheimer-directed television production led him to a job as dialogue coach in the filmmaker’s 1961 crime drama The Young Savages. He quickly moved into television, directing on programs such as “The Defenders,” “The Naked City,” “The Fugitive,” “Dr. Kildare,” and “Ben Casey” during the early and mid 1960s, and in 1965 made his feature film debut in the director’s chair with The Slender Thread.
Pollack established himself as a competent, if unexceptional, director in such works as This Property Is Condemned, and… read more
Easily Pollack's best film. Great use of NYC locations. Between Condor and All the President's Men, Redford can really sell the 70's conspiracy flicks.
Pretty great cold war CIA conspiracy thriller from Pollack/Redford. Quite an enjoyable and suspenseful film that has you doubting everything and constantly watching over Condor's shoulder. Pollack directs with confidence and style and even though the relationship between Redford and Dunaway is a bit unbalanced, it works as an appropriately tense and involving watch.
There’s something very special about political thrillers that makes them work so well. Perhaps it’s the premise, perhaps it’s the intensity of the events or just maybe it’s the incredible character… read review