The Conversation (1974)Closed Captioning
Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola's provoking mystery-thriller stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, an expert surveillance man. A routine wiretapping job turns into a nightmare when Harry hears something disturbing in his recording of a young couple in a park. His investigation of the tape and how it might be used sends Harry spiraling into a web of secrecy, murder and paranoia.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Haunting and bothersome.
Fresh: A major artistic asset to the film -- besides script, direction and the top performances -- is supervising editor Walter Murch's sound collage and re-recording.
Fresh: A taut, intelligent thriller.
Fresh: Coppola manages to turn an expert thriller into a portrayal of the conflict between ritual and responsibility without ever letting the levels of tension subside or the complicated plot get muddled.
Why aren't there any reviews for this? This film is vastly underrated and in my opinion is one of the greatest films of all time and one of Coppola's best. If you haven't seen the Conversation, you must see it.
One of the greatest suspense films ever made. Gene Hackman's best performance outside of The French Connection. Paranoia, corruption, and conspiracy (the major themes from the 1970s), told in a choppy, bits and pieces way that makes the audience work almost as hard as Hackman had to for the payoff.
It's not an action adventure with millennium pacing - it's a slow descent into madness. Bleak, lonely, and oppressive. And very, very well done.
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Thought provoking, engaging and so well made. A must see for film lovers!