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The Parallax View

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alan J. Pakula

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About the Movie

While the Watergate scandal filled the headlines, Alan J. Pakula's 1974 thriller took its inspiration from the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Journalist Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) misses witnessing the assassination of a senator at Seattle's Space Needle, but his newswoman former girlfriend Lee Carter (Paula Prentiss) was there. Even after a government commission concludes that it was a freak lone assassin, Lee tells Joe that she fears for her life since other witnesses keep dying. After she too turns up dead, Joe investigates, travelling to the small town where another witness has mysteriously expired. Stumbling on a corporate identity for the killers, Joe decides to dig deeper by infiltrating the Parallax Corporation as one of their hired assassins. As Joe becomes increasingly isolated in his assumed identity, he discovers what Parallax is all about — but Parallax knows all about Joe too. Made between Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976), The Parallax View was the second film in Pakula's "paranoia" trilogy; it proved too dark even for a 1974 audience that embraced such other challenging films of that year as The Godfather, Part II and Chinatown, making The Parallax View the sole flop of Pakula's trilogy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Pakula's production and direction are lavish in physical details. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's an astringently cynical take on official history, with Warren Beatty as a muckraker investigating the strange aftershocks of a senator's killing. – Ed Park, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Parallax View is one of the great paranoid thrillers of the 1970s. Which, when you consider how paranoid America was post-Watergate, is high praise indeed. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Excellent performances; fascinating film. – Derek Adams, Time Out, Aug 17, 2007

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Customer Reviews


Man, they don't make thrillers like they made in the 70s. Between this and "Three Days of the Condor", "All the President's Men", and "Chinatown", you really have all you need to know about American politics and power. Even today. Especially today. (All of these films made before I was even born.) And the films are so much smarter than the pap served to audiences these days. I can't recommend this highly enough. Pakula rules. R.I.P. iTunes - when will this be available in 720p HD???!??

Excellent Movie!

This movie is for anyone who enjoys a good political thriller. The plot moves quickly, and it hooks you in the first ten minutes of the movie. Everything in this movie from 1974 can be applied to 2007. Warren Beatty does an awesome job here. This movie is definitely worth the price.

Dated yet profound

There's one section in particular in this film that is frighteningly good... so good it redeems the many other sections that come across as dated, over-acted and/or implausible.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1974

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