The Conversation


Review: A paranoid, secretive sound surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired to track a young couple. He tapes their conversation as they walk through San Francisco’s Union Square. While spying on them he has a crisis of conscience that they will be murdered.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Michael Higgins, Elizabeth MacRae, Teri Garr, Harrison Ford and Mark Wheeler
Year: 1974
Genre: Drama and Thriller
Conclusion: 4/5
A masterpiece of film-making from Francis Ford Coppola. Out of all of his movies he has directed this is his personal favourite. Francis Ford Coppola had already written the outline for this film in 1966, but couldn’t get financing until The Godfather (1972) became a success. A very strong performance from Gene Hackman. Reportedly this is Gene Hackman’s favourite movie in which he has acted in. For this film he actually learnt to play the saxophone. One of Harrison Ford’s first feature films to have starred in. His part was initially intended to be a small cameo, but then the director decided to expanded the role into a supporting character. The late Roger Ebert wrote about this film that “The Conversation” is about paranoia, invasion of privacy, bugging — and also about the bothersome problem of conscience”. At the Bafta Awards in 1975 this won 2 awards. They were for Best Film Editing and also Best Sound Track. 


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