The Conversation
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Made between The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), and in part an homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's art-movie classic Blow-Up (1966), The Conversation was a return to small-scale art films for Francis Ford Coppola. Sound surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to track a young couple (Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest), taping their conversation as they walk through San Francisco's crowded Union Square. Knowing full well how technology can invade privacy, Harry obsessively keeps to himself, separating business from his personal life, even refusing to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Haunting and bothersome."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"The Conversation is for me the masterpiece of American cinema."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"There's a strong case to be made for The Conversation being Coppola's greatest film. Which, when you consider what else he's made, is high praise indeed."
‑ , Film4
"An absorbing character study of a paranoid loner. Hackman is superb."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A taut, intelligent thriller."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Coppola may have made films of a more spectacular nature but here he makes a virtue of a introversion - so that the film's horror moment is all the more vibrantly terrible when set in relief."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A movie of real authority."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"brilliant conspiracy thriller"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A bleak and devastatingly brilliant film."
‑ , Time Out
"A film OF the 1970s, The Conversation is rooted in the new American anxiety of the time, the idea that behind every ideal was a rotten, festering truth."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Coppola shows off his arty aspirations by doing for audio technology what Antonioni did for photography. But The Conversation is a different animal entirely, steering clear of the existential dilemmas in Antonioni's film and creating a character pi"
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"This is one of Coppola's masterpieces, a prophetic film about paranoia, the growing role of technology in our daily lives, and the impossibility of privacy even in public spaces."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hackman e Coppola têm trajetórias profissionais longas e brilhantes - e, assim, não é um elogio qualquer dizer que este é um dos melhores filmes na carreira de ambos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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