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The Conversation (1974)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 12, 2000

Budget $1,600,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 53 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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• The Conversation
• Der Dialog (1974)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Murder, Psychodrama, Disturbing, Suspense, Detectives, Political, Spy, Investigation, Tragedy, Love, Cult Classic

Plot: Gene Hackman stars in THE CONVERSATION as Harry Caul, a surveillance expert whose job is taping the lives and conversations of others. With the character of Caul, director Francis Ford Coppola has created a complex role for which Hackman is perfect--a man in complete control on the outside but breaking down within. Teri Garr, Harrison Ford, and Elizabeth MacRae costar, but Hackman, in top form in every scene, is the real reason to watch this true classic.The stirring, classic opening shot of the film is a long, slow zoom into Union Square in San Francisco. A young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams), are having what seems like a mundane conversation while Harry and his assistant Stanley (John Cazale) eavesdrop from a nearby van. But when Harry carefully analyzes his tape, he uncovers bits of unsettling dialogue. Suspicious of his client's motives for wanting the tape, he becomes uncharacteristically worried about the people he may have endangered.

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 Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now
 Written by
Francis Ford Coppola
The Great Gatsby, This Property Is Condemned, The Godfather
Gene Hackman
The Royal Tenenbaums, Unforgiven, Enemy of the State
Cindy Williams
American Graffiti, Meet Wally Sparks, More American Graffiti
Teri Garr
Dumb & Dumber, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Young Frankenstein
Harrison Ford
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Robert Duvall
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now
John Cazale
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Deer Hunter
Allen Garfield
The Ninth Gate, Beverly Hills Cop II, Dick Tracy
 Music By
David Shire
All the President's Men, 2010, Saturday Night Fever

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