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The Conversation

DVD - 2000
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Conversation
A provoking mystery-suspense drama explores the morality of privacy in the story of Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, who conducts a routine surveillance job only to later find himself suspicious that he has become an unwitting player in murder scheme.

Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2000
ISBN: 0792160878
Branch Call Number: CONVERSA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 21, 2014
  • pokano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Grim and depressing movie about a professional surveillance man who begins to have doubts about what he is going. Fabulous cast: Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, among others.

Oct 13, 2014's kind of like REAL LIFE!
so put down 'your-instantly-gratifying-smart-phone', get away from the joy-stick trigger-finger response to life and experience dialogue and acting which doesn't have conveniently contrived
conversation's with sophomoric dialogue,
I gotta Go...

Apr 07, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the earlier films by Francis Ford Coppola. It is a film of intrigue and suspense. However, I personally find it slow. Gene Heckman sheds his image of a tough guy and shows his vulnerable side. With some patience you may still get a good story out of it.

Nov 19, 2013

That character who claims The Conversation is boring and slow is himself mighty slow.
The movie is excellent!

Nov 16, 2013
  • annanina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I just finished watching it, liked it very much. I agree with "laustcawz": this is more of a psychological drama than a thriller. The movie is from 1974, the tools and methods of surveillance and bugging are completely outdated, and yet the movie seems to be so relevant to today's reality. The main character is a top specialist (paid accordingly) in spying, but the profession gradually destroys him, and then he destroys the world around him. There are also quite a few ambiguities and unanswered questions that you'll be thinking about for awhile after watching the movie. Just relax, slow down and focus on it. Highly recommended!

Sep 19, 2013
  • laustcawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


If you were expecting an action flick, you picked the wrong film. You clearly have a hard time appreciating subtleties in films.
That's what this one is all about.
It requires that you actually pay attention to what's going on on-screen, instead of just being blown out of your seat. It's complex, intellectual & I won't try to hide the fact that it may take a few viewings to really follow what's happening, how & why. Hackman, both in looks & voice, is nearly unrecognizable here & it's one of his best performances, as well as one of Coppola's best films.

Mar 02, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I love most of Coppola's movies, but this one is definitely a failure.
This film is supposed to be a provoking mystery-draqma that explores the morality of privacy.
The protagonist's routine wire-tapping job is supposed to turn into a modern nightmare.
Within the fisrt 30 minutes, however, there are no exciting hooks, no interesting parts, no fascinating incidents, and none whatever interests me at all.
Today, there are so many interesting stories and games and things on the Net---if not in the movies.
I don't have to stay with one single movie if it is so boring.
And this film is indeed a monotonous and boring flick to me---at least the fisrt 30 minutes.
I just couldn't stand it any more.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This taut 1974 psychological thriller, written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was apropos for the time period, being that the current Nixon Watergate scandal was on everyone's mind. Hackman's character is virtually catatonic, affected and damaged from the consequences of his voyeuristic livelihood. And the surveiller doesn't like being surveilled (lol). This is reportedly a favorite film of both Coppola and Hackman (who learned to play the sax for the role). Great ending. FIVE STARS.

Jun 18, 2012

worthy of sitting in a dark room

Mar 27, 2012
  • bstudent rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

drama-extremely "high tech" for the period. very well laid out. solid ending.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Martin Stett (on the phone): "We know that you know, Mr. Caul. For your own sake, don't get involved any further. We'll be listening to you." (plays back recording of Harry playing saxophone)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Harry Caul (dreaming): "I'm not afraid of death... ...I am afraid of murder..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bernie Moran: "I bet you there's no moment between human beings I cannot record - and there's no method I cannot figure out, huh?"


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