The Parallax View

The Parallax View

DVD - 2021
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Three years after witnessing the murder of a leading senator atop Seattleb2ss Space Needle, reporter Joseph Frady begins digging into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the killing and stumbles into a labyrinthine conspiracy far more sinister than he could have imagined.
Publisher: New York, NY : The Criterion Collection, [2021]
Edition: DVD widescreen.
ISBN: 9781681438009
1681438003
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm

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DBRL_AdamR Mar 31, 2021

Still very relevant today, this is maybe the most chilling of conspiracy thrillers, and certainly the most beautifully shot and composed (by the great, great Gordon Willis).

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2021

Added quotes today:

Alan J. Pakula directed the "paranoia trilogy" that consists of Klute (1971 with Jane Fonda who won the Oscar for Best Actress,) Parallax View (1974 with Warren Beatty,) and All the President’s Men (1976 and its 8 Oscar nominations). He also directed and wrote the script for Sophie's Choice (1982 with Meryl Streep who won the Oscar for Best Actress,) and numerous other hit films.

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-Other films during the 70s with political assassination themes: are Executive Action (1973) and Winter Kills (1979).
-Perhaps an explanation to akirakato's Jan 02, 2019 comment, from the bonus interviews, the Writers Guild of America screenwriters were on strike in 1974 and Pakula continued filming without having the benefit of the script writers on hand.
-Interesting Space Needle and the Gorge Dam/Skagit River in WA production sets circa 1974.

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WittyPenguin
Feb 26, 2021

This film, plus “Manchurian Candidate” and “Capricorn One,” probably did more to create conspiracy theories which live on today than anything else. But here’s a reminder, people: THESE ARE MOVIES, PEOPLE!! NOT DOCUMENTARIES!

Great thriller! Worthwhile. Check it out.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 14, 2020

One of the best of the 70s paranoid thrillers. In a class with "Three Days of the Condor," "Executive Action," and "The Conversation."

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RoyalJellyIII
Feb 22, 2020

This is still a great mystery and action film after all of these years. Warren Beatty is very good and so are Hume Cronyn and William Daniels. Fits the conspiracy story lines of so many great films of the 1970s including "3 Days of the Condor" except this one is about the assassinations of politicians and who is behind it. This film grabs you right from the beginning and doesn't let up. Great ending too.

The issue isn't whether you're paranoid. The issue is whether you're paranoid enough.

The most brilliant conspiracy movie ever made. Possibly Beatty's best performance ever.

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akirakato
Jan 02, 2019

Produces and directed by Alan J. Pakula in 1974 based on the 1970 novel by Loren Singer, this American thriller depicts a reporter's investigation into a secretive organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose primary focus is political assassination.
This film is the second installment of Pakula's Political Paranoia trilogy, along with Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976).
Compared to "All the President's Men", the story seems ill-contrived with the scipt badly written and supporting actors overly acting.
In a nutshell, this is a B movie, if not a flop.

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loulou2008
Nov 16, 2018

Excellent film, particularly the cinematography. Loved it!

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richibi
Oct 01, 2018

Warren Beatty's hair consistently upstages everywhere an otherwise tepid political thriller, a cross between "All the President's Men" and any James Bond movie, with some metaphysical, however fervently nationalistic, pretensions, poorly, mostly, realized, therefore, next, though the airline cart service scene is pretty riveting - for a more satisfying such experience, see "The Dead Zone"

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2021

18 full context quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071970/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

The candidate (in IMDb):

Younger: Your tests suggest that you have remarkable talents.
-Frady: Yeah? What do you mean by "talents"?
You have difficulty holding on to a job, don't you?
-I don't know, I just don't like to take a lot of shit, so people say I got antisocial tendencies.
Right! Now, tell me, has it ever crossed your mind that maybe it's everybody else's problem that they don't get along with you?
-Why?
Because, you see, the very quality that gets you in trouble is what makes you potentially invaluable.
-What's that?
Your aggressiveness.
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The opening intro of a politician is not in IMDb:

Senator Carroll is here to celebrate Independence Day. He is so independent, some say they don't know which party he belongs to.
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He is the ideal father. The ideal husband if you're old enough. And I guess the ideal leader for our country if you're any age.

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