The Conversation
The Conversation (1974)

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.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This tense, paranoid thriller presents Francis Ford Coppola at his finest -- and makes some remarkably advanced arguments about technology's role in society that still resonate today.

Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

Haunting and bothersome.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The Conversation is for me the masterpiece of American cinema.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A taut, intelligent thriller.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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Time Out

A bleak and devastatingly brilliant film.

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Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com

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.

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Radheyan Simonpillai
AskMen.com

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

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Spencer S.
Without a doubt Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece has to be "The Conversation" not just because of its concrete, magnificent plot, or the… More
Reid Volk
Coppola, the maniacal poster child of the new hollyood era, sure had an exceptional run in the early 1970s. While most would point to the Godfather series as… More
Daniel Mumby
The 1970s was the decade in which Francis Ford Coppola could not fail. The Godfather and its sequel both won him Best Picture at the Oscars, and at the end of… More
Chris Weber
I think it's fair to say that Francis Ford Coppola pretty much owned the 70s. In a row he made The Godfather, this film, The Godfather part II, and then a… More
Dan Schultz
A fantastically plotted and acted paranoid thriller which features Gene Hackman's best performance in his highly decorated career as a lonely surveillance… More
xGary Xx
An obsessive surveillance expert becomes convinced that a sound recording he has made could result in the murder of a young couple. The Conversation is a very,… More

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