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Conversation (1974)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola     Starring: Gene Hackman
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Format: DVD
Sku: 216017711
UPC: 031398125020
UPC 14: 00031398125020
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION is a towering achievement, a masterfully constructed portrait of one man's descent into madness. Gene Hackman delivers a devastating performance as Harry Caul, a surveillance expert who gets paid to invade the privacy of strangers. The film's classic opening shot is a long, slow zoom into Union Square in San Francisco, as a young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams), are having what seems like an otherwise mundane conversation. However, when it is revealed that Harry and his assistant Stanley (John Cazale) are eavesdropping from a nearby van, it becomes clear that something more serious is happening. Later, after Harry painstakingly reconstructs the conversation from several different audio sources, he uncovers a snippet of dialogue that unsettles him. Suspicious of his client's motives for wanting the tape, Harry becomes uncharacteristically worried about the people he may have endangered, sending him into a dangerous mental tailspin.

With Harry Caul, Coppola and Hackman have managed to create one of cinema's most unforgettable characters, a man who appears to be in control on the outside but who is, in fact, crumbling on the inside. Though Teri Garr, Harrison Ford, and Allen Garfield deliver standout supporting turns, THE CONVERSATION is Hackman's show. Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOW UP (1966), THE CONVERSATION in turn went on to influence Brian De Palma's own surveillance thriller, BLOW OUT (1981).


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/17/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1974
Video UPC UPC: 00031398125020
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Michael Higgins
Video Cast Info Allen Garfield
Video Cast Info Teri Garr
Video Cast Info Frederic Forrest
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Cindy Williams
Video Cast Info John Cazale
Video Cast Info Harrison Ford
Video Cast Info Elizabeth MacRae
Video Cast Info Dean Tavoularis - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Bill Butler - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Art Rochester - Sound Design
Video Cast Info David Shire - Composer
Video Cast Info Walter Murch - Editor
Video Cast Info Richard Chew - Editor
Video Cast Info Fred Roos - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Walter Murch - Sound Design
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Director

Memorable Quotes

"I'm not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder."----Harry Caul (Gene Hackman)

"I'm not following you, I'm looking for you. There's a big difference."----Martin Stett (Harrison Ford) to Caul

"There's no moment between human beings that I cannot record."----Bernie Moran (Allen Garfield)

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...Subdued, wrenching, beautifully calibrated....Thrillingly uncompromised..." -- Rating: A 01/05/2001 p.53

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A taut, intelligent thriller..." 02/04/2001 p.5

USA Today
"...Too few movie lovers have seen Francis Ford Coppola's cult masterpiece THE CONVERSATION..." 12/15/2000 p.13E

Total Film
"...Coppola's spare thriller works as a brilliant deconstruction of the medium..." 12/01/2003 p.50

"Francis Ford Coppola's conspiracy thriller stands up well 30 years on." 01/01/2005 p.82

Wall Street Journal
"Gene Hackman gives a perfect performance as Harry Caul, a surveillance expert who stumbles on an ominous conversation that wasn't meant for his ears or anyone else's." 06/12/2009

Sight and Sound
"Hackman's intensely withdrawn performance, the hardest kind for a leading actor to bring off...comes to animated and enthusiastic life when Caul is discussing technology and technique..." 02/01/2012

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