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Conversation, The (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola directed this 1974 film starring Gene Hackman as lonely, paranoid surveillance expert Harry Caul – a wire-tapper and industrial spy for hire.

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Following a particularly difficult surveillance job in San Francisco, he believes a young couple are about to be murdered.

Gradually Caul becomes embroiled in a mystery even more complex and dangerous than he anticipates.

Essentially a very obscure rip-off of Antonioni’s Blow-Up  (1966) but with sound, superb performances from Hackman and John Cazale no doubt helped this intriguing post-Watergate thriller win the Grand Prix at the 1974 Cannes Festival.

Harry Caul
Gene Hackman
Stan
John Cazale
Bernie Moran
Allen Garfield
Mark
Frederic Forrest
Ann
Cindy Williams
Paul
Michael Higgins
Meredith
Elizabeth MacRae
Amy
Teri Garr
Martin Stett
Harrison Ford
Lurleen
Phoebe Alexander
The Director
Robert Duvall

Director
Francis Ford Coppola