The Parallax View

1974

Action / Adventure / Drama / Family / Fantasy / Mystery / Thriller

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86% · 44 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.1/10 10 21850 21.9K

Director

Top cast

Paula Prentiss as Lee Carter
Warren Beatty as Joseph Frady
Earl Hindman as Deputy Red
Kenneth Mars as Former FBI Agent Will
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935.76 MB
1280*538
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 4
1.7 GB
1904*800
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 13
937.1 MB
1280*538
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
Seeds 1
1.7 GB
1904*800
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
Seeds 10

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by moonspinner55 6 / 10

An ambitious, but ultimately dissatisfying paranoia thriller from Pakula...

Fascinating premise gets somewhat pretentious, lugubrious treatment from acclaimed director Alan J. Pakula. Conspiracy thriller has newspaper reporter Warren Beatty investigating years-old assassination of a U. S. Senator wherein witnesses to the shooting are all mysteriously dying. Beatty gives one of his better performances here, although the scene in which he defeats a taunting deputy in a bar is fairly absurd (as is the sidebar involving a hick town built around a dam, which seems to be little more than a red herring). Gordon Willis' arty cinematography is exasperating, although a shot early on of assassin Bill McKinney looking up at the Space Needle is chilling; McKinney has few lines but suits his role well, as does Paula Prentiss in small part as a frantic 'next target'. The much-discussed 'Parallax test' (a delineation on how innocent boyhood is corrupted by sex and violence at the expense of Mom and Country) is handled with sledgehammer style, and the unhappy ending is too cynical to swallow whole. **1/2 from ****

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg 10 / 10

Once upon a time, before Oliver Stone...

In the early 1970's, distrust of the government was widespread. "The Parallax View" was one of the movies that reflected this.* Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) is a reporter who one day is covering a candidate's campaign, when the candidate is assassinated. A governmental committee concludes that there was no conspiracy. However, within three years, Joe is the only witness still alive. As he tries to investigate further, he finds himself on the run.

I'm guessing that the central idea was loosely based on the Kennedy assassination. Director Alan J. Pakula sets every scene so as to maintain a sense of impending doom. You may be uncertain as to whom you can trust after watching this movie. It's that well done. It just goes to show that the world's real horrors aren't supernatural at all.

*Others include "Three Days of the Condor" and "All the President's Men".

Reviewed by kosmasp 10 / 10

Conspiracies done right

There is so much to unpack here. Apart from this being a political (conspiracy) thriller it also may have the funniest lines outside of a Zucker/Abrams/Zucker production ... which I did not expect at all. There is doom and gloom and there is Warren Beauty ... in case you never saw him in young (I know it is spelled Beatty, but you'll forgive my very obvious pun).

Talking about very obvious, the movie and its premise and what it tells us the viewers is also not hiding behind anything. We get into the mindset of the main character and we do find out more about what happened and about what sort of still happens ... with a great director like Pakula at helm this does not get as much credit as it deserves at all. Neither back in the day (awards wise) nor now ... though with many wild conspiracies growing, it may be the wrong time to praise this at the moment ... still it is exceptional to say the least! I've never tried to kill myself succesfully ... just one of the many quotes one can take from this movie, without even spoiling anything! And up there with "there is no fighting in the war room"! :)

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