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      The Parallax View

      R Released Jun 14, 1974 1 hr. 42 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      86% 44 Reviews Tomatometer 78% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score After a presidential candidate is assassinated, political reporter Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) begins to suspect that the mysterious Parallax Corporation may be involved. As he investigates, others who share his suspicions start turning up dead, including his editor, Bill Rintels (Hume Cronyn). Eventually, Frady uncovers a conspiracy bigger than anyone expected and must race to prevent the corporation's next big hit as this political thriller plays out in an explosive game of cat and mouse. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 01 Buy Now

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      The Parallax View blends deft direction from Alan J. Pakula and a charismatic Warren Beatty performance to create a paranoid political thriller that stands with the genre's best.

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      Kenneth P There are too many gaps and unexplained sequences. It's easy to fill in the gaps but this is a mostly unbelievable and silly movie and a waste of good talent. What Warren Beatty was able to get away with in many scenes were just laughable and I couldn't suspend enough of reality to fully enjoy the movie. Although passable I would pass on this turkey. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Alec B It's silly in the way most of the paranoid conspiracy thrillers from the 70s are and yet it's not without genuine suspense. The opening sequence and the climax are both damn near perfectly executed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Steve D A frustrating resolution guts the ok thriller. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/17/23 Full Review TheFilmReviewer 1 A definitively underrated film from the 70s, Alan J. Pakula's direction and Gordon Willis' camerawork and lighting provides an extremely dark overtone for a controversial film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/02/23 Full Review Shioka O All the president's men is definitely better, but still a decent 70s conspiracy film by Pakula. Overall dry and subdued direction in my view, but the climax is particularly great cinematography. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/30/22 Full Review Lequisha S [11/10/20]: Part of watergate distrust era. Great pacing of information and tension-building. The airplane scene in particular was effective. The dam was another really incredible demonstration of suspense, the sheriff twist just as effective. Him being renegade, the complexity that he could go either way made him a really fascinating character. [6/29/22]: A great Warren Beatty performance! I didn't rate it again, but I do really enjoy the paranoid political thriller subgenre and this went a long way in bringing me to that revelation. On rewatch it may hit 5 stars b/c I was very celebratory of it in my notes, maybe I already thought of it as a 5 star. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/01/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      The Parallax View

      The Parallax View: Official Clip - One Way Out The Parallax View: Official Clip - One Way Out 1:15 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Warning Sign The Parallax View: Official Clip - Warning Sign 2:00 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Don't Touch Me Unless You Love Me The Parallax View: Official Clip - Don't Touch Me Unless You Love Me 2:09 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Recruitment Test The Parallax View: Official Clip - Recruitment Test 2:07 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Hammond's Assassination The Parallax View: Official Clip - Hammond's Assassination 1:36 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Boating Accident The Parallax View: Official Clip - Boating Accident 2:00 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Reporting the News, Not Creating It The Parallax View: Official Clip - Reporting the News, Not Creating It 1:53 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Space Needle Assassination The Parallax View: Official Clip - Space Needle Assassination 1:41 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Somebody's Trying to Kill Me The Parallax View: Official Clip - Somebody's Trying to Kill Me 1:48 The Parallax View: Official Clip - Cop Car Chase The Parallax View: Official Clip - Cop Car Chase 1:47 View more videos

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      Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker The point of this sort of movie seems to be to arouse outrage without offending anyone. Mar 5, 2024 Full Review Molly Haskell Village Voice The Parallax View is a movie of splendid bits and pieces disappointingly strung together. Apr 20, 2022 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The movie's director, Alan J. Pakula, works on location to get a nice feel of outdoor menace a lot of the time. Rated: 3/4 Apr 29, 2018 Full Review Alan Jones Radio Times Excellent script by David Giler and Lorenzo Semple Jr, stunning photography by... Gordon Willis, and perfect acting, the story of Beatty's infiltration of the society and his attempt to foil yet another killing is riveting, fascinating and nerve-racking. Rated: 5/5 Jan 24, 2024 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation This isn’t the only political picture Hollywood icon Warren Beatty ever tackled. But it’s the most despairing. Rated: 3/4 Jan 9, 2024 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film [It] reflects the growing disillusionment and distrust Amerian society had for the era’s establishment. Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After a presidential candidate is assassinated, political reporter Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) begins to suspect that the mysterious Parallax Corporation may be involved. As he investigates, others who share his suspicions start turning up dead, including his editor, Bill Rintels (Hume Cronyn). Eventually, Frady uncovers a conspiracy bigger than anyone expected and must race to prevent the corporation's next big hit as this political thriller plays out in an explosive game of cat and mouse.
      Director
      Alan J. Pakula
      Executive Producer
      Gabriel Katzka
      Screenwriter
      David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Loren Singer
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures, Harbor Productions, Doubleday Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 14, 1974, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 24, 2010
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Mono
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