The Parallax View

Alan J Pakula (1974)

Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Rated 15 Run time 102 mins


A brilliant political conspiracy thriller and a candidate for Warren Beatty’s best screen performance. Alan J Pakula’s “The Parallax View” retains its intense intelligence and sense of claustrophobic skullduggery even 40-plus years after its release. The film accurately captures the climate of political unease dating back to the assassinations of the 60s. Pakula (who also directed “Klute”) was one of the most productive and analytical directors of the 70s, the heyday of intelligent American cinema. An investigative journalist completes a sinister questionnaire and masquerades as a loser-drifter to get inside the mysterious Parallax Corporation.

93% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.2/10 – IMDB

“The Parallax View¬†blends deft direction from Alan J. Pakula and a charismatic Warren Beatty performance to create a paranoid political thriller that stands with the genre’s best.”

“One of the great American films from arguably the finest decade in American filmmaking.”

In ‘The Parallax View’, conspiracy goes all the way to the top – and beyond – Slate

The Parallax View: a JFK conspiracy film that gets it right – The Guardian