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Parallax View, The [1974] [DVD]

Warren Beatty , Paula Prentiss , Alan J. Pakula    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn, Hume Cronyn
  • Directors: Alan J. Pakula
  • Writers: David Giler, Loren Singer, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Robert Towne
  • Producers: Alan J. Pakula, Charles H. Maguire, Gabriel Katzka
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000163WUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,558 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A reporter tries to disprove an investigative committee's report that a presidential candidate's assassination was not a conspiracy.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hebrew ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Icelandic ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Romanian ( Subtitles ), Serbian ( Subtitles ), Slovenian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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" tri...The Parallax View

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest conspiracy film... 26 July 2006
For years I thought that All The President's Men was the best 70s conspiracy thriller. However, since I bought this film on DVD I have changed my mind.

I first saw this film on TV years ago and I was quite impressed. The film was listed as film of the week in the weekend papers, so I taped it. Since then I had been wanting to give it a second viewing, but it wasn't available anywhere.

The film itself draws parallels with the various political assassinations of the 1960s, particularly the death of Robert Kennedy. From here you'll have to watch it yourself, but Pakula builds a thriller based around secretive organisations and paranoia.

Well worth viewing, and it gets better everytime. You might need to watch the ending again to understand it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest conspiracy thriller of the 1970's.. 17 Jan 2008
..I'm amazed nobody has praised this film here yet, but then it has been unavailable until now, which is equally amazing. A neglected masterpiece whatever you may think of Warren Beatty. See it!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that scares, unsettles and fascinates 23 May 2010
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What was it about the 70's when actors with interesting faces could make you believe what was on the screen and help you lose yourself in the world of a film? I miss that time and that quality, but happily I can revisit it through films like THE PARALLAX VIEW. I had heard about the film and it sounded intriguing. I was certainly not disappointed - not in the least.
I find discovering these forgotten gems to be one of the reasons why I am a film buff. I watched this with my wife (who knows I like some weird stuff) and we couldn't stop talking about it afterward, trying to figure out what happened (or seemed to) and talking about what certain characters were really doing.
I am a fan of this director's other films , such as KLUTE and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. The films exert a pull on the viewer and can be hypnotic. Highly recommended - don't read about the film's plot beforehand, just buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark 6 July 2013
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A near-perfect paranoia movie that would be very difficult to get made these days! It looks good—as you'd expect, and the use of sound (or lack thereof) is chilling. You get the feeling that this is really happening, and you just happen to be observing it, but you're unable to intervene. Chilling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Thriller 8 Dec 2009
By A Noyes
Perfectly made and cast by the director of Klute, this excellent film both foreshadows and after-shadows the Bourne Trilogy. Less pacy but more chilling than Bourne.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seventies Thriller 19 Jan 2007
If you think that things are not always as they seem and that there are dark forces at work, then this might be a film you would enjoy.

A politician is killed and the commission that investigates concludes that it was the work of a lone assassin. However, people who were witnesses to the deed begin to die in mysterious circumstances. The death of one of them persuades a third-rate journalist to investigate further. He manages to get himself recruited to a company which provides "security" services. Among their number he finds one of those who was present years before at the political killing. So far, so good. The ending is tense - without going into too much detail, it does nothing to allay any concerns you might have that we are puppets controlled by a malign hand who digest whatever news we are given without thinking about it.

Certainly worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping political conspiracy thriller 12 Dec 2013
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A dark, gripping and complex political conspiracy thriller from the 1970s with the underrated Warren Beatty in the starring role. It reflects the prevailing paranoia of an American political landscape, post Kennedy assassination.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DVD 8 May 2013
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This film kept me entertained, a good performance from Warren Beatty and an interesting story although it felt a little dated and old
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 18 hours ago by Holder
2.0 out of 5 stars Moderate
Neat little conspiracy thriller though a little dated (40 years old) now. The use of old fashioned typewriters and lack of cell phones makes it seem old.
Published 4 months ago by Paul O'Hanlon
1.0 out of 5 stars Parallax View
Not one of Beatty's best. To be absolutely honest I was waiting for the movie to end. I normally like beatty's films but this one ain't that good.
Published 6 months ago by Interested party
4.0 out of 5 stars A poem of paranoia
Against tremendous odds, it works superbly; and, after forty years, Alan Pakula's paranoid thriller still seems highly relevant and utterly, horribly disturbing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gustavus
4.0 out of 5 stars The 70's movie decade
Memorable and convincing conspiracy movie with sound supporting cast. However,forgot when ordering that I had previously bought a copy. Good of Amazon to refund without returning. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Far ahead of it's time
Still a great movie, yes the plot is a bit dated but the premise was far ahead of it's time, like 3 Days of the Condor & Winter Kill, it challenges the fact that our Government and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars One Of Many Conspiracies.
Warren Beatty is very much the lone-star in this sly little thriller. Although often overlooked, possibly because of its low-key & languid development, there are enough shocks and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Seatinthestalls
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I was recommended this because I bought "All the Presidents Men", which I think is brilliant. There probably aren't too many buyers for this old non-classic movie so I won't waste... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by A Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, but ultimately unsatisfying
The technical quality of the DVD is fairly good. Although there would appear to have been no special remastering as there is a little dust and deterioration on the print, and nor... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Bismaquer
4.0 out of 5 stars More "Manchurian Candidacy"?
This whodunnit grips one from the opening scenes atop (quite literally) Seattle's Space Needle. The current story resembles the weak, highly-contrived 2004 re-make of 1962's... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by BM Edwards
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