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  • The Greatest Spy Movie Round 1: Ice Station Zebra v. Three Days of the Condor

    Ice Station Zebra

    A satellite reenters the atmosphere and ejects a capsule which parachutes to the Arctic. During an ice storm, a figure soon approaches, guided by a homing beacon, while a second individual secretly watches from nearby.
    The scene shifts to Commander James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), captain of the U.S. nuclear USS Tigerfish (SSN-509). He is ordered by Admiral Garvey (Lloyd Nolan) to rescue the personnel of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a civilian weather station moving with the ice pack. However, the mission is actually a cover for a highly classified assignment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Station_Zebra


    Three Days of the Condor

    Joe Turner (Robert Redford) is a CIA employee who works in a clandestine office in New York City. He is not a field agent, and indeed bristles at Agency discipline; among other things, he wonders why he can't tell people what he does for a living and notes "I trust some people ... that's a problem." His job is in the OSINT field: he has to read books, newspapers, and magazines from around the world, looking for hidden meanings and new ideas. As part of his duties, Turner files a report to CIA headquarters on a low-quality thriller novel his office has been reading, pointing out strange plot elements therein, and the unusual assortment of languages in which the book has been translated (Turkish but not French, Arabic but not Russian or German, Dutch, and Spanish).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Days_of_the_Condor
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    Ice Station Zebra
    41.82%
    23
    Three Days of the Condor
    58.18%
    32

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  • #2
    Three Days of the Condor, a throughly enjoyable film.
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    • #3
      Ice Station Zebra... remote, cold, and a great wtf is going on here movie.
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      • #4
        I love both movies, but Condor is another all-time favorite. That was one of my dream jobs when I was growing up: reading books for the CIA. An analyst's job was never more glamorous than in this movie. Well, except for the ending up dead part! (Not a plot spoiler! It happens very early in the movie!)
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        • #5
          Had to go with Ice Station Zebra here, since it was, for some reason, one of the movies I would watch with my parents as a child on rainy days, sitting by a fire. Thinking back on it, it seems like a random title for a rainy day movie!
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          • #6
            Zebra was great, and gets my vote.....

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            • #7
              Ice Station Zebra had Rock Hudson, a fairly believable plot and a few whiz-bang effects, but with Redford in 3 Days, you could cut the tension with a pair of scissors..


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              • #8
                Condor! All the way...
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                • #9
                  One of the more difficult choices for me as I like them both alot. Eventually chose Zebra...had to stay with my navy loyalties...
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                  • #10
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                    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                    • #11
                      Just love Three Days.
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                      • #12
                        Round one is closed. Round 2 to begin within 48 hours.
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