Joe Frady is a determined reporter who often needs to defend his work from colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator, Frady begins to notice that reporters present during the assassination are dying mysteriously. After getting more involved in the case, Frady begins to realize that the assassination was part of a conspiracy somehow involving the Parallax Corporation, an enigmatic training institute. He then decides to enroll for the Parallax training himself to discover the truth.
Political conspiracy thriller par excellence.
The late Alan J. Pakula's 1974 film about political murders is a superbly crafted thriller that holds the audience in its quiet, unsettling grip.
Warren Beatty gives his character of Joe Frady, a "third-rate" journalist, just the right balance of recklessness and determination to enable one to have faith in this man to uncover such shady, potentially threatening goings-on.
Composer Michael Small's main theme (used at strategic points throughout the film and often playing on the traditional patriotic sound of the trumpet) has a quality both mournful and despairing that relates effectively to what we are watching. It is a rather sparse music score, but this seems to add to its power. Gordon Willis's Panavision photography conveys threat in even the most everyday of locations (his rendering of modern architecture is especially strong in suggesting a faceless, omnipotent threat), while the editing rhythms and sound design contribute a great deal in throwing the audience off-balance.
Pakula has been involved in more widely-known projects such as All The President's Men and Presumed Innocent, but The Parallax View is definitely one of his best and most powerful films.
Director:Alan J. Pakula
Sheriff L.D. Wicker
Thomas Richard Linder
Senator Charles Carroll (as Bill Joyce)
Mrs. Charles Carroll
|Jo Ann Harris||...|
Chrissy - Frady's Girl (as JoAnne Harris)
Schecter - Hotel Clerk
Shirley - Salmontail Bar Girl
Gale from Salmontail (as Doria Cook)
|Robert Jiras||....||assistant producer (as Robert E. Jiras)|
|Gabriel Katzka||....||executive producer|
|Charles H. Maguire||....||associate producer|
|Alan J. Pakula||....||producer|