The Parallax View

The Parallax View

DVD - 1999
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Warren Beatty is a news reporter who, along with seven others, witnesses the assassination of a political candidate. When the other seven die in "accidents", the newsman begins to doubt the official position: that a lone madman was responsible for the crime.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, c1999
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792155508
0792155505
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + scene card

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The issue isn't whether you're paranoid. The issue is whether you're paranoid enough.

The most brilliant conspiracy movie ever made. Possibly Beatty's best performance ever.

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akirakato
Jan 02, 2019

Produces and directed by Alan J. Pakula in 1974 based on the 1970 novel by Loren Singer, this American thriller depicts a reporter's investigation into a secretive organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose primary focus is political assassination.
This film is the second installment of Pakula's Political Paranoia trilogy, along with Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976).
Compared to "All the President's Men", the story seems ill-contrived with the scipt badly written and supporting actors overly acting.
In a nutshell, this is a B movie, if not a flop.

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loulou2008
Nov 16, 2018

Excellent film, particularly the cinematography. Loved it!

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richibi
Oct 01, 2018

Warren Beatty's hair consistently upstages everywhere an otherwise tepid political thriller, a cross between "All the President's Men" and any James Bond movie, with some metaphysical, however fervently nationalistic, pretensions, poorly, mostly, realized, therefore, next, though the airline cart service scene is pretty riveting - for a more satisfying such experience, see "The Dead Zone"

of course it's fashionable, or even politically correct, to call this movie 'paranoid.' but the scenes of the "commission" pronouncing it's decision as to they whys and wherefores of the assassinations detailed in the movie, eerily remind one of the hubris of the Warren Commission's inquiry into the death of President Kennedy. presented directly after the scenes of the deaths, the contrast between what really occurred, and the governmental explanation (coverup) is heartbreaking. if I owned a repertory movie theater, this film would definitely be twinned on a bill with Oliver Stone's JFK. Warren Beatty is awesome in the lead role, does his own stunts; Paula Prentiss is quite convincing in her crucial role, even with a short haircut. William Daniels is good, and others in the cast play it like they mean it. Especially effective is the mélange of mind control images from mass media, hooked up with seductive soundtrack, to brainwash the volunteer viewer (Beatty). Come to think of it, I'd make it a triple bill, along with THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, the original, starring Sinatra, and Lansbury.

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D061145902
Oct 08, 2015

I love W.B. In scene three he is so freaking adorable I wanted to crawl through my tv. A very good movie.

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Calvacade
Feb 17, 2015

Quite a good paranoid, conspiracy thriller from the 1970's.

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