Secrets upon secrets and government agencies trying to kill one of their own. It’s Robert Redford vs the CIA in 1975’s Three Days of the Condor.
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THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
On a seemingly ordinary day, Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a quiet CIA codebreaker, walks into his workplace and finds that all of his coworkers have been murdered. Horrified, Joe flees the scene and tries to tell his supervisors about the tragedy. Unfortunately, he soon learns that CIA higher-ups were involved in the murders. With no one to trust, and a merciless hit man (Max von Sydow) close on his tail, Joe must somehow survive long enough to figure out why his own agency wants him dead.
Three Days of the Condor (1975) movie trailer
“I’m not a field agent, I just read books!” Theatrical trailer for Three Days of the Condor (1975), starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. Directed by Syd…
IIRC, it is not just a book code. The job is to scan news articles to make sure no one is reporting on CIA operations. They have expanded out to summarizing novels and other fiction to look for the same thing.
Redford’s character processes a book that parallels an existing plot with in this shadow organization in the CIA. He doesn’t know about the parallels, he just summarizes the book and passes it up the chain, like he does with all the other books he reads. We never even find out if the parallels are intentional, maybe it’s just close enough that it spooks the members of this shadow organization so they decide to clean it up (which begs the question, what did they do to the author of the book…).