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  • Dir. Sydney Pollack
  • USA
  • 1975
  • 117 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Holiday Classics.

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. Oh! And did we mention this all takes place over Christmas?

“This peerless Sydney Pollack thriller hasn't just aged well, it's become positively prophetic, or at least eerily resonant.” —Kevin Maher, The Times (UK)

“So this is a spy thriller, yes, but it’s also an allegory for the post-Watergate world, where trust in others represents a dangerous act of naiveté.” —Daniel Harmon, Slate

“Thanks to an intelligent script, partly by Lorenzo Semple Jr (PRETTY POISON, THE PARALLAX VIEW), the action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.” —Time Out

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