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The conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of the thriller which flourished in the 1970s in the US (and was echoed in other parts of the world) in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals and controversies (most notably Vietnam, the assassination of President Kennedy, Chappaquiddick and Watergate), and which exposed what many people regarded as the clandestine machinations and conspiracies beneath the orderly fabric of political life. The thriller is a genre of fiction in which tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary heroes are pitted against villains determined to destroy them, their country, or the stability of the free world. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... Jump to: navigation, search President Kennedy, with his wife, Jackie, and Texas Gov. ... Chappaquiddick Island is a small island off the eastern end of the larger island of Marthas Vineyard. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Watergate Complex as depicted in Government Exhibit 1. ...


The protagonists of conspiracy thrillers are often journalists or amateur investigators who find themselves (often inadvertently) pulling on a small thread which unravels a vast conspiracy that ultimately goes "all the way to the top". Jump to: navigation, search Conspiracy, in common usage, is the act of working in secret to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations. ...

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Film and television

One of the earliest exercises in cinematic paranoia was John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Its story of brainwashing and political assassination holds the distinction of not merely reflecting contemporary fears and anxieties, but anticipating future conspiracies and scandals by some years. Other films in the "paranoiac" or "conspiracy" vein include Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974), Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001), Capricorn One (1978), directed by Peter Hyams, Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981), and Oliver Stone's Nixon and JFK. In popular culture, the term paranoia is usually used to describe excessive concern about ones own well-being, sometimes suggesting a person holds persecutory beliefs concerning a threat to themselves or their property and is often linked to a belief in conspiracy theories. ... John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Manchurian Candidate is a 1959 novel by Richard Condon. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Mind control. ... Jack Ruby murdered Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, in a very public manner In its most common use, assassination has come to mean the killing of an important person. ... Jump to: navigation, search Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan) is an Italian American film director, screenwriter, vintner, magazine publisher, and hotelier, most renowned for directing the highly regarded Godfather trilogy. ... The Conversation is a 1974 film, a mystery and political thriller directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Ronald Howard may refer to: Ron Howard (b. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Capricorn One is a horror/thriller/science fiction movie about a Mars landing hoax. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Peter Hyams (born July 26, 1943) is an American screenwriter, director and cinematographer. ... Brian De Palma Brian De Palma (born September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American film director. ... Blow Out is a 1981 film by Brian DePalma starring John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effect technician from Philadelphia who, while recording sounds for a low-budget horror film, accidentally captures audio evidence of the possible assassination of the Pennsylvania governor who was planning to run for... Jump to: navigation, search 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Oliver Stone William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946 in New York City) known simply as Oliver Stone is an Academy Award-winning American film director. ... Nixon is the surname of some prominent Americans: Richard Nixon - 37th President of the United States Patricia Nixon - First Lady to President Richard Nixon Tricia Nixon Cox - older daughter to Richard and Pat Nixon Julie Nixon Eisenhower - younger daughter to Richard and Pat Nixon Cynthia Nixon - actress Joan Lowery Nixon... JFK redirects here. ...



The screenplays for two of the best-known conspiracy thrillers were written by the same writer, Lorenzo Semple Jr.: The Parallax View, directed by Alan J. Pakula, came out in 1974, while Sydney Pollack's Three Days Of The Condor came out the following year. Pakula's movie is considered to be the second installment of a "paranoia trilogy" that began with Klute in 1971 and ended with All The President's Men in 1976. Modern analogues include Conspiracy Theory (1997), directed by Richard Donner, Tony Scott's Enemy of the State (1998), and Mark Pellington's 1999 thriller Arlington Road. Jump to: navigation, search A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... The Parallax View is a 1974 movie directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Warren Beatty (who was also a producer), adapted from the novel by Loren Singer. ... Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 - November 19, 1998) was an American film producer, writer and director noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Film poster for Three Days of the Condor Three Days of the Condor is a United States motion picture made in 1975. ... Klute is a 1971 film which tells the story of a prostitute who assists a detective in solving a murder mystery. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... All the Presidents Men is a 1974 non-fiction book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search This proposed logo for a U.S. government agency was dropped due to fears that its Masonic symbolism would provoke conspiracy theories. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg, April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Schuler-Donner, own. ... See also Tony Scott for the American clarinet jazz musician. ... Jump to: navigation, search An enemy of the state is a person accused of certain crimes against the state, such as treason. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Mark Pellington is a film director. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Arlington Road is a 1999 film which tells the story of a widowed college professor who suspects his new neighbors are involved in terrorism and becomes obsessed with foiling their terrorist plot. ...


One of the most celebrated contributions to the genre in the United Kingdom was the BAFTA award-winning television drama Edge of Darkness (1985), written by Troy Kennedy Martin. David Drury's Defence Of The Realm (1985) and Alan Plater's A Very British Coup (1988) offered other British takes on the conspiracy topos. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Edge of Darkness is a British television drama serial, produced by BBC Television in association with Lionheart Television International and originally broadcast in six 55-minute episodes on BBC Two in late 1985. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Troy Kennedy Martin (born 1932; sometimes credited as Troy Kennedy-Martin) is a British film and television scripwriter. ... Alan Frederick Plater, CBE (born 15 April 1935) is an English playwright and screenwriter, who has worked extensively in British television from the 1960s to the 2000s. ... A Very British Coup is a novel by Chris Mullin, better known in the form of a 1988 British television adaptation, adapted by Alan Plater and starring Ray McAnally. ... In the context of classical Greek rhetoric a topos (literally a place; plural: topoi) referred to a standardised method of constructing or treating an argument. ...


Literature

A number of novelists have made repeated contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. Indeed, many of the most acclaimed conspiracy films have been adapted from novels.


One of the early pioneers of the genre was Graham Greene, whose 1943 novel The Ministry of Fear (brought to the big screen by Fritz Lang in 1944) combines all the ingredients of paranoia and conspiracy familiar to aficionados of the 70s thrillers, with additional urgency and depth added by its wartime backdrop. Greene himself credited Michael Innes as the inspiration for his "entertainment" [1]. Jump to: navigation, search Graham Greene Henry Graham Greene, OM (October 2, 1904 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire – April 3, 1991 Vevey, Switzerland) was a prolific English novelist, playwright, short story writer and critic whose works explore the ambiguities of modern man and ambivalent moral or political issues in a contemporary setting. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Fritz Lang Friedrich Anton Christian Lang (December 5, 1890 - August 2, 1976) was an Austrian film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known emigrés from Germanys school of expressionism to work in Hollywood. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s - 120s 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Note: Sometimes the 70s is used as shorthand for the 1970s, the 1870s, or other such decades in other centuries... Michael Innes was the pseudonym of an Oxford academic, J. I. M. Stewart (1906–1994), under which name he wrote about forty crime novels between 1936 and 1986. ...


The American novelist Richard Condon wrote a number of conspiracy thrillers, including the seminal The Manchurian Candidate, and Winter Kills, which was made into a film by William Richert in 1979. Richard Thomas Condon (born March 18, 1915 in New York, New York; died April 9, 1996 in Dallas, Texas), was a satirical novelist best known for conspiratorial tales such as The Manchurian Candidate. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Manchurian Candidate is a 1959 novel by Richard Condon. ... Richard Condons 1974 political satire, Winter Kills, is a black comedy exploring the assassination of a U.S. President. ... Jump to: navigation, search This page refers to the year 1979. ...


There are also a number of novelists who have devoted themselves to expounding and exploring not only conspiracies, but conspiracy theories. Popular examples include The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, and the novels of Philip K. Dick and Thomas Pynchon. Cover of the collected edition The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels written by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. ... Robert Anton Wilson Robert Anton Wilson or RAW (born January 18, 1932) is a futurologist, libertarian, and novelist. ... Robert Joseph Shea (1933 - March 10, 1994) was the co-author (with Robert Anton Wilson) of The Illuminatus! Trilogy. ... Jump to: navigation, search Philip K. Dick Philip Kindred Dick (16 December 1928 — 2 March 1982), often known by his initials PKD, and sometimes by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ... Jump to: navigation, search Thomas Pynchon pictured in his high school yearbook. ...


See also

Thriller fiction, sometimes called suspense fiction, is a genre of literature that typically entails fast-paced plots, numerous action scenes, and limited character development. ... The spy fiction genre (sometimes called political thriller) arose before the World War I, at about the same time that the first modern intelligence agencies were being formed. ... The thriller is a genre of fiction in which tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary heroes are pitted against villains determined to destroy them, their country, or the stability of the free world. ... Jump to: navigation, search This proposed logo for a U.S. government agency was dropped due to fears that its Masonic symbolism would provoke conspiracy theories. ... A secret history (or shadow history) is a version of history that is at odds with commonly accepted historical events and which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed or forgotten. ...

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Thrillers are characterized by fast pacing, frequent action, and resourceful heroes who must thwart the plans of more-powerful and better-equipped villains.
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Because of their dramatic potential, conspiracies are a popular theme in thrillers and science fiction.
The protagonists of conspiracy thrillers are often journalists or amateur investigators who find themselves (often inadvertently) pulling on a small thread which unravels a vast conspiracy that ultimately goes "all the way to the top".
The screenplays for two of the best-known conspiracy thrillers were written by the same writer, Lorenzo Semple Jr.
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