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The Conversation
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Gene Hackman Gene Hackman
Harry Caul
Allen Garfield Allen Garfield
Bernie Moran
Elizabeth MacRae Elizabeth MacRae
Meredith
Teri Garr Teri Garr
Amy


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Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola
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6 years ago at May 29 1:01
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

A classic

7 months, 3 weeks ago at Oct 6 12:43
To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. It is apperently Francis Ford Coppola's personal favorite of his movies. Eventually, the only reason this movie didn’t get the love it deserved was probably the fact that Coppola was really on fire in the 70’s and all his movies turned out to be some huge masterpieces (‘The Godfa... 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 Watergate, this moral parable has immense wallop. But the movie suffers from a severe case of arrested development and an unbelievable finale. Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is the "best bugger on the West Coast." He's made a name for himself as a private surveillance and security technicia ... (more)
Release date: 1 June 1974
UPC: 097360230741
Tags: Thriller (21), 1970s (18), Mystery (18), Drama (14), 1974 (12), Spy (11), Murder (10), Surveillance (9), Usa (9), Conspiracy (8), Voyeur (7), Loner (6), Enigma (6), Sound (6), Neo Noir (6), Wiretap (6), Recording (5), Twist (5), Technology (4), Paranoia (4)
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