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: April 7, 1974
DVD 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.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Thanks to Walter Murch's keen, intuitive sound montage and Hackman's clammy, subtle performance, the movie captures [an] elusive and universal fear-that of losing the power to respond, emotionally and morally, to the evidence of one's own senses.

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Time Out

A bleak and devastatingly brilliant film.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Classic Coppola thriller has suspense, violence.

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Variety Staff

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.

Brian Holcomb

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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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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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The Conversation is for me the masterpiece of American cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A sophisticated and taut narrative in which Coppola does with sound what Antonioni had done with image in his Blow-up, following a paranoid man unable to open… More
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
Kevin M. Williams
Ahhhh ... just because yer paranoid don't mean they're not out to get you, eh? Yes, yes, yes ...
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 Garman
Between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola made a film developed from an idea he had almost a decade earlier. Ironically, the main… 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