The Conversation

The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola (1974)

AA Certificate


Our Score
In this small masterpiece from director Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman gives a superb performance as the lonely surveillance expert tracking the movements and voices of Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams, only to find that the marital infidelity he supposes he is observing could be part of a murder plot. Coppola tweaks the idea to surreal effect, while editor Walter Murch orchestrates the eavesdropping to produce a uniquely baffling wall of sound. Made two years after Coppola's The Godfather, this haunting thriller skilfully taps into post-Watergate paranoia resulting in an intensely fascinating study of a perpetrator turned victim of the surveillance society.


An obsessive surveillance expert makes the unprofessional mistake of getting personally involved in a dangerous case. Francis Ford Coppola's thriller, starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, Allen Garfield and Harrison Ford.

Cast & Crew

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
Receptionist Mark Wheeler
Mime Robert Shields
Lurleen Phoebe Alexander
The Director Robert Duvall
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains infrequent moderate violence and language . Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Mar 2002