The Conversation

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(out of 5)


This excellent mystery is one of the first films that comes to mind when you think of the glory days of seventies filmmaking, made by Francis Ford Coppola the same year as his unforgettable Godfather Part II.  stars as a wire tap expert who, while surveying a woman () who may be cheating on her husband, discovers that she might be in fear of actually being murdered by someone. The excellent script plays with preconceived conventions of storytelling and expectations and brilliantly uses them to its advantage in the last third. Hackman is terrific, but this is totally Coppola’s show and he has a fantastic time being a master storyteller.


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USA, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola

Cinematography by

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1974


Academy Award Nominations
Best Picture (Francis Ford Coppola, producer; Fred Roos, co-producer)
Best Sound (Walter Murch, Arthur Rochester)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Francis Ford Coppola)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Gene Hackman)
Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola)
Best Screenplay (Francis Ford Coppola)

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