- Apr 20, 2016
My family and I tend to rate movies by how many usable quotes there are like, "I think we'll go up to the Bronx and have a look for ourselves" from The Warriors  .. or .. "You can't handle the truth" from A Few Good Men . Likewise, 3 Days of the Condor is awash in usable quotes. It's also the first movie that I can recall where the hero had a Chinese girlfriend [like me, I have had two long-term Chinese girlfriends]A great thriller .... one of my favorite Robert Redford movies and Max Van Sydow was amazing in it .... dirty business, for sure
John Houseman, Faye Dunaway & Cliff Robertson contributed mightily to this fine fillum [as they say in Bvooklyn]
" No Mr Higgins, I don't miss the action from the Great War .. but I DO miss the clarity"
"Your photos are all cold, lifeless and depressing .. they're like [pause] November"
"You have good eyes. Not kind, but they don't lie, and they don't look away much, and they don't miss anything. I could use eyes like that."
"Listen. I work for the CIA. I am not a spy. I just read books! We read everything that's published in the world. And we... we feed the plots - dirty tricks, codes - into a computer, and the computer checks against actual CIA plans and operations. I look for leaks, I look for new ideas... We read adventures and novels and journals. I... I... Who'd invent a job like that?"
"We have games. That's all. We play games. 'What if?' 'How many men?' 'What would it take?' 'Is there a cheaper way to destabilize a regime?"
"Oil fields. Oil. That's it, isn't it? This whole damn thing - killing everyone in my unit - was about oil! Wasn't it? Wasn't it?"
"It bothers me that I can't tell people what I do .. and I actually trust a few people. That's a problem."
"I don't interest myself in "why". I think more often in terms of "when", sometimes "where"; always "how much"."
"I don't think I want to know you very well. I don't think you're going to live much longer."