Three Days Of The Condor

Synopsis: A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. "Condor" must find out who did this and get in from the cold before the hitmen get him.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Tell her what you got. - Male,

Caucasian, appears to have been shot.

Where? - In his room.

- Very funny, Harold.

The wound is just below the heart.

- Shot once? - Seems to have been.


Dr. Lappe, I'm sure he's going to be

here any second now. - Really?

Mr. Turner is late again.

Let's get back to work.

- We can do that in five minutes.

You know what Joey would say?

- Come on!

What kind of a slug?

- You're missing the point.

The machine will come back with a

rephrase. - What do we feed in?

Turner, Joseph. - 17 minutes late.

- Make it 12, there was a headwind.

Dr. Lappe, anything in the

early pouch for me?

Dr. Lappe?

Nothing in response to your report.

Please analyze the book on your desk

by 4 o'clock. - Yes, sir.

I'd move the Tolmiea to the light,

the leaves are getting a blight.

At ease, Sarge, at ease.

It's going to rain today, at 10:20.

There must be more details.

- I only read two chapters.

No other clues?

- What time did they find him?

Doesn't say. Just early evening.

- They never said what caliber.

Apparently a.38.

- Why "apparently?"

The entry wound was characteristic of

a.38, but the slug wasn't recovered.

Hey, we're getting somewhere.

- You guys figure it out.

I have Far East journals to read.

- Was the slug in the wall?

No, there was no exit wound.

We're not getting anywhere.

Finish the book.

Hi. What we've got so far...


Instead of lead. Ice.

The murderer pours water into a.38

caliber mold and freezes it.

He shoots the guy with the ice bullet.

The cops find a few drops of water.

No bullet, no ballistics.

- That's great!

What is this?

Beautiful calligraphy.

- What is it? - It means heaven.

Nothing else? - It can mean

"the best" or "tops". Why?

I'm not sure. - We're going to Sam

and Mae's tonight, right?

Talk to Sam about it.

- About this?

I did. He said, "that's interesting,

but it's not my department."

Which means he doesn't think there's

anything, just like Dr. Lappe.

And you. - There's not much.

A mystery that's been translated.

A mystery that didn't sell and has

been translated into odd languages.

Turkish, but not French.

Arabic, but not Russian or German.


- Spanish?


Where did you get that about the ice?

Dashiell Hammett? - Dick Tracy.

Are you sure about this ideogram?

Look at this face. Could I be wrong

about an ideogram?

It's a great face.

But it's never been to China.

Ray, when can I get some

computer time? - Dick Tracy?

A very underrated detective.

- There's some free time at 2:45.

No, stay on schedule, I'll get it.

Four pieces, right?

- Right. - Hold it!


- Affirmative, five.

Where is Mr. Heidegger? - He called

in sick. - Probably hung over again.

This is extraordinary.

I was just checking the files and I

came across an inquiry he sent

to Persian Gulf command.

He did that for me.

- It never went through my office.

I asked for some research,

he didn't feel it was important.

I wish you people

would go through channels.

What's on your mind?

This was in the pouch

from New York Central.

HQ in Langley says there's no other

source to support your theory.

Call this working on that book?

- I'll have it by 4pm.

We have people to service machines.

- These things just look complicated.

I wonder if you are

entirely happy here.

Within obvious limits, yes, sir.

- Obvious limits?

I can't tell people what I do.

- Why can't you accept that?

I actually trust a few people.

That's the problem.

It's your turn to bring in lunch.

What time is it?

- The rain's gonna stop by 11:30.

You can wait 8 minutes.

That's not a proper exit! - He always

goes out that way when it rains.

Personnel should enter and exit

by authorized means only!

Shakespeare, how is it? - Terrific.

The rejection slips just pile up.

Know the feeling.

I always wanted to be Escoffier.

Maybe it's not too late. Van Gogh

was 30 before he began to paint.

No mayonnaise on Dr. Lappe's.

On the other hand, Mozart was 3 when

he started piano, and composed at 6.

Fast starter, probably better.

- Van Gogh never sold a painting

and Mozart died a pauper.

- Am I in the Public Library?

Hey, that's a very bright man!

- Educational. That's why I come here.

I come in here to get sick,

just like everybody else.

No butter on Ray's sandwich.

He gets very panicky about butter.

Mr. Jennings is in the back.

He'll sign for it.

Here are the...

Mrs. Russell, the Curtis report...

Would you move

from the window, please?


Would you move from the window?

I won't scream.

I know.

Small breakdown in security there?

What are you doin'?

What the hell are you doing?

Sleep at night, will ya?

This is the Major.

- Joe Turner.

Identification? - My name is Turner.

I work for you. Now listen...

Identify yourself.

What is your designation?

Condor. Section 9, Department 17.

The section has been hit. - Level?

Level of damage! - Everybody.

Dr. Lappe, Janice, Ray, Harold...

Are you on a company line?

- No, I'm in a phone booth.

You're in violation of

communication procedures, Condor.

Listen, you S.O. B... I came back with

lunch and the whole house was dead!

Has the incident been discovered

by anybody outside the company?

I don't know. I don't think so.

- Are you damaged?

Damaged...? No.

- Are you armed?

I have Mrs... I can't remember

her code name... Nightingale.

She was afraid of being raped.

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Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Lorenzo Elliott Semple Jr. (born Lorenzo Elliott Semple III; March 27, 1923 – March 28, 2014) was an American screenwriter and sometime playwright, best known for his work on the campy television series Batman and the political/paranoia movie thrillers The Parallax View (1974) and Three Days of the Condor (1975). more…

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