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643 Ratings

The Parallax View

Directed by Alan J. Pakula
United States, 1974


An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator’s assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the worlds headlines.

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The Parallax View Directed by Alan J. Pakula

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1975 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1975 | Winner: Best Cinematography

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1975 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture




Critics reviews

Steers’ work is a true multimedia experience, an assemblage of points that create a solid, seemingly seamless, whole. THE PARALLAX VIEW isn’t as overt an example of the aforementioned phenomenon, but its mise-en-scène is similarly beguiling, so much so that one can forgive its rather dawdling narrative.
February 24, 2017
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Starts like a proto-JFK (the Warren Commission is a giant coffin), misdirects with action-man heroics for a while (suave handsome Beatty is inspired casting) then collapses – after that bizarre montage – into wilful abstraction, nothing but mood and standalone suspense scenes (a napkin on a cart in an airplane aisle), a mind-boggling move for a studio movie.
June 21, 2014
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The Parallax View offers not so much a mystery to be followed and eventually solved as it does a gaping void where one ought to be. A mystery has an answer; here there are only more questions, endless numbers of them, and though Warren Beatty’s headstrong reporter exhausts the running time gathering clues, they add up to nothing. In place of a solution he finds only certainty: Those in power always win.
August 22, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Parallax View

    1970's New Hollywood. Stunning frames, editing, direction by Alan J. Pakula. Cinematography by Gordon Willis (Godfather 1,2&3, and many of Woody Allen's best films including Annie Hall and Manhattan). I couldn't care less about the thin assassination/conspiracy plot, but it all ties up nicely in the end, and not in any kind of corny or typical way. I wish I'd seen this in the theater, but 1080p projection is ok, too.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Parallax View

    The concept of an Illuminati-sort of corporation assassinating political foes is so glorious, as is the opening sequence, that the rest disappoints. The grounded tone doesn't quite cohere with the heroic-action, while the tension, suspense, hooks, and set pieces, were later far eclipsed by the likes of Three Days of the Condor and Marathon Man. Could've been more exhilarating, tense, and atmospherically paranoid.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Parallax View

    Dated conspiracy film from the 70's with an offbeat story structure that eventually loses itself in jaded pessimism which was timely for its period. Technically the film is often impressive especially in the editing work by John W. Wheeler and the cinematography of master Gordon Willis.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Parallax View

    I am predisposed to being fond of the breed of 70s American movie that hinges on paranoia and gives voice to a fatalism verging on nihilism. However, a major part of the problem I have w/ these visually precise collaborations between Pakula and DP Gordon Willis is that their cold, clinical nature seems at direct odds w/ the unapologetic preposterousness they find themselves in the business of serving up.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Parallax View

    Digital, rewatched. Rewatch a Panavision movie on Cinemateca's small screen will not be ideal, much less with the quality of the projected copy, but what magnificence! A film from a now imbecilled industry that dares to make a thriller in dismembered action, looking for the silence in spaces, which hyperdimension them, and to the geometry with which the camera (re)construct it. The final sequence is anthological.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Parallax View

    A cynical post-J/RFK view of assassination-conspiracy-as-machine cranking out patsies on an industrial scale. The film succeeds at two levels, although neither is in the thin maguffin-esque plot (yes, all allusions to Hitchcock). Accomplished control of mid-distance framing, shock-cut editing and dislocated sound provide a sheen to a surprisingly dour, biting view of authority control with its bogus commissions et al

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Parallax View

    Alan J. Pakula and DP Gordon Willis continue their 'paranoia trilogy' with "The Parallax View," a crackling action picture that also happens to be steeped in a 70's-era pessimism. Pakula and his collaborators stage setpiece after setpiece with aplomb, all the while never letting the viewer forget that conspiracy, assassination, and cover-up are - as the movie poster's tagline states - as American as apple pie.

  • Ethan's rating of the film The Parallax View

    An interestingly bleak paranoid thriller that offers all the elements of the standard 70s thriller. Beatty is gruff in this film and the cinematography is exceptionally gritty very reminiscent of Klute.

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