The Conversation

The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola (1974)

12 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, paranoid electronic surveillance expert - renowned within the profession as being the best - makes the unprofessional mistake of getting personally involved in a dangerous case on his San Francisco patch. 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
The Director Robert Duvall
`Bernie' Moran Allen Garfield
Mark Frederic Forrest
Martin Stett Harrison Ford
Ann Cindy Williams
Paul Michael Higgins
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains infrequent moderate violence and language . Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray