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The Parallax View

Seattle, Washington. Senator Charles Carroll (William 'Bill' Boyce), an independent senator, is holding a luncheon atop the Seattle Space Needle. Joe Frady (Warren Beatty), an alcoholic journalist, tries to gain entry to the luncheon, but is turned away. At the restaurant atop the Space Needle, Senator Carroll is holding a press conference when he is suddenly shot to death by an unseen assassin. Everyone looks around and sees a waiter holding a gun, and he is jumped by security guards. However, a second waiter (Bill McKinney), who also has a gun (and the real or second shooter) leaves unnoticed. The first waiter replies that he didn't do it, and he is chased over the roof of the building by guards, where he accidentally slips and falls off the roof to his death. The real assassin chuckles as he leaves the scene and reports to an unseen contact that the job is finished. Four months later, a commission holds a special public gathering and they conclude that the waiter, named Thomas Richard Lindern (Chuck Waters), acted alone and that there is no greater conspiracy to the assassination of Senator Carroll. Three years later. Joe Frady, writing for a Portland, Oregon newspaper, sets himself up to get arrested to get a story on a major drug bust. Frady is bailed out of jail by his boss and editor Bill Rintels (Hume Cronyn) who always complains that Frady is trying to create news rather than reporting it. Shortly thereafter, Frady is visited by Lee Carter (Paula Prentiss), a Seattle newscaster and his former girlfriend, who tells them that she fears for her life. Lee tells Frady that someone is trying to kill her and that six other reporters at the luncheon have all died mysteriously during the past two years. Frady shrugs her off by telling her that she's just being paranoid. But a few days later, Lee is found dead in her apartment. Frady investigates and the coroner tells him that she apparently killed herself with an overdose of sleeping pills, but Frady knows different. Frady tells Rintels that there is a story brewing here about the events behind the Senator Carroll assassination, and Rintels reluctantly agrees to let Frady pursue his story. Frady meets with a former FBI agent (Kenneth Mars) who informs him that they are many methods that can be used to make someone's death look like an accident or suicide such as certain drugs which are fatal, but show up that a person's heart failed on them.
Actors: Warren Beatty,
Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty 30 March 1937, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Paula Prentiss,
Paula Prentiss
Paula Prentiss 4 March 1938, San Antonio, Texas, USA
William Daniels,
William Daniels
William Daniels 31 March 1927, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Walter McGinn,
Walter McGinn
Walter McGinn 6 July 1936, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Hume Cronyn,
Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn 18 July 1911, London, Ontario, Canada
Kelly Thordsen,
Kelly Thordsen
Kelly Thordsen 19 January 1917, Deadwood, South Dakota, USA
Chuck Waters
Chuck Waters
Chuck Waters
Genre: DramaThriller
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Country: United States
Release: 1974
IMDb: 7.1
Duration: 102 min
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