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The Parallax View (The Criterion Collection)

The Parallax View (The Criterion Collection)

Warren Beatty
Director: Alan J. Pakula Cast: Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
, Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
, William Daniels
William Daniels
Alan J. Pakula


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2021
UPC: 0715515254915
Original Release: 1974
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 229

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Joseph Frady
Hume Cronyn Editor Edgar Rintels
William Daniels Austin Tucker
Paula Prentiss Lee Carter
Anthony Zerbe Schwartzkopf
Kenneth Mars Former FBI Agent
Doria Cook Gale
Ted Gehring Schecter
JoAnne Harris Chrissy
Joan Lemmo Organist
Ford Rainey Commission Spokesman
Lee Pulford Shirley
Walter McGinn Parallax Corp. Representative Jack
Kelly Thordsen Sheriff L.D.
Bill McKinney Art, an Assassin
Edward Winter Actor
Bill Joyce Sen. Carroll
Chuck Waters Busboy-Assassin
Alma Beltran Actor
Richard Bull Actor
Ronda Copland Actor
Joe di Reda Actor
Patsy Garrett Actor
Robert Lieb Actor
William Swan Actor
Vernon Weddle Actor
Jim Davis Sen. Hammond
Earl Hindman Deputy
William Jordan Tucker's Aide
Stacy Keach Commission Spokesman

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director,Producer
Reg Allen Set Decoration/Design
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
David Giler Screenwriter
George Jenkins Production Designer
Gabriel Katzka Executive Producer
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Michael Small Score Composer
Frank Thompson Costumes/Costume Designer
William Turner Makeup
John W. Wheeler Editor
Gordon Willis Cinematographer

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