The Parallax View is a partially-successful attempt to take a serious subject – a nationwide network of political guns for hire – and make it commercially palatable to the popcorn trade – via chases, fights, and lots of exterior production elements.
The adaptation of Loren Singer’s novel follows newshawk Warren Beatty in his discovery of an assassination complex involving a security organization (called the Parallax Corp) which deliberately seeks out social misfits, dispatched by clients to murder political figures of various persuasions.
The story begins with the murder of Senator Bill Joyce, followed by the official investigation, after which many witnesses begin to die.
Paula Prentiss, very good as a prototype TV newshen, finally gets Beatty’s interest aroused before her mysterious death.
Pakula’s production and direction are lavish in physical details.