Monday Movie Quote: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR


A special thanks to Mr. Lee for suggesting this one.

Three Days of The Condor is based James Grady’s novel Six Days of the Condor. It was directed by the late Sidney Pollack and starred Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow and John Houseman.

Redford is Joseph Turner, a CIA anaylist whose job is to scoure through books in search of anything that might be a code. One day, he returns from lunch to find everyone in his office dead. He soon finds himself on the run, trying to stay alive. He kidnaps Faye Dunaway (one could pick a worse target) and hides out in her apartment while trying to figure out what happened.

The following is from a scene near the end. Turner is talking to Joubert (Max Von Sydow), a professional assassin that ends up coming to his aid.

Joubert suggests that Turner might think about entering his profession:

Joubert: Well, the fact is, what I do is not a bad occupation. Someone is always willing to pay.
Joe Turner: I would find it… tiring.
Joubert: Oh, no – it’s quite restful. It’s almost peaceful. No need to believe in either side, or any side. There is no cause. There’s only yourself. The belief is in your own precision.

Moments later, Joubert asks Turner what he will do.

Joe Turner: I’d like to go back to New York.
Joubert: You have not much future there. It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile. But he will leave open the door of the car and offer to give you a lift.

Damn good film!