Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Gene Hackman

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 216017711
UPC 031398125020
UPC 14 00031398125020
Format DVD
Release Date 8/17/2010
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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).
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder."--Harry Caul (Gene Hackman)
Quote "I'm not following you, I'm looking for you. There's a big difference."--Martin Stett (Harrison Ford) to Caul
Quote "There's no moment between human beings that I cannot record."--Bernie Moran (Allen Garfield)
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
Uncut "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
Francis Ford Coppola
Gene Hackman
Cast & Crew
Michael Higgins - Star
Allen Garfield - Star
Teri Garr - Star
Frederic Forrest - Star
Gene Hackman - Star
Robert Duvall - Star
Cindy Williams - Star
John Cazale - Star
Harrison Ford - Star
Elizabeth MacRae - Star
Dean Tavoularis - Production Designer
Bill Butler - Director of Photography
Francis Ford Coppola - Screenwriter
Art Rochester - Sound Design
David Shire - Composer
Walter Murch - Editor
Richard Chew - Editor
Fred Roos - Co-Producer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Walter Murch - Sound Design
Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1974
UPC 00031398125020
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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