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The Conversation
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Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Harry Caul
Allen Garfield

Allen Garfield

Bernie Moran


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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

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3 years, 5 months ago at Aug 15 16:28
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Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a private detective, specializing in monitoring telephone conversations. Colleagues think it is genius at work, but he knows that this is not true: The apartment is so unsafe that the owner enters the undisturbed birthday. His letters are opened and read on a daily basis, the phone's not secret. At the height of the awkwardness of stealing a cassette with a very import... read more

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3 years, 8 months ago at May 29 1:01
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A paranoid detective journey into the world of sound and conversations. Possibly the most chilling films ever made in the 70s 'conspiracy theory' genre. The Conversation frightens with its grim, gripping view of the surveillance world.

The Director of a large anonymous corporation hires surveillance expert Harry Caul to record a young couple's private conversation. The film opens w... read more
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Description: Francis Ford Coppola (You're a Big Boy Now, The Rain People, The Godfather) is a proficient film-maker with a keen cinematic sense and a deep moral sensibility. He finished the first draft of the screenplay for The Conversation in 1969. Like The Rain People, it is essentially a story about responsibility. Hooked into the happenings of ... (more)
Release date: 1 June 1974
UPC: 097360230741
Thriller (21), Mystery (18), 1970s (17), Drama (14), Spy (11), Murder (10), 1974 (10), Usa (9), Surveillance (9), Conspiracy (8), Voyeur (7), Loner (6), Enigma (6), Wiretap (6), Sound (6), Recording (5), Neo Noir (5), Twist (5), Technology (4), Paranoia (4)
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"Francis Ford Coppola's small yet powerful masterpiece about eavesdropping and the morality of it. Gene Hackman in his most humane role as a paranoid surveillance expert who slowly starts to question the ethics of his profession. Nowadays maybe even more scary than it was on its time. Ending gives a sense of insecurity to anyone who watches it and asks a question what defines this picture. Who is listening if anyone? "


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" Quote: The Conversation is just, I think, a movie made by one of the best auteur directors of the '70s and '80s. To me, I think the reason that I would choose that one is the sound editing. Even though Hackman does play a sound guy, the sound of the movie is really innovative. You have conversations that are happening in the foreground that you can barely hear, and yet that's the main conversation, so they play around a lot with where they put the microphone. It's really awesome. (Bradley Coop"


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