The Conversation

Release Date: June 30th, 2001

DVD Release Date: December 12th, 2000

PG |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide (Harrison Ford) to tail a young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams). Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan (John Cazale) manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.

Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Michael Higgins, Elizabeth MacRae, Teri Garr

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: American Zoetrope, The Directors Company

Keywords: Wife, Gripping, Deception, Mystery, Murder, 1970s, Office, Pursuit, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Angie ErrigoEmpire

    Another great, landmark American film of the '70s. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    The Conversation perfectly encapsulates the disaffection, alienation, and paranoia infecting America’s body politic in the era of Watergate, the wiretapping scandal that brought down the Nixon administration, though the timing of the film’s release was coincidental. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    As he is played by Gene Hackman in The Conversation, an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic characters in the movies. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)