The Conversation DVD

Francis Ford Coppola, 1974

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Film Details

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Produced in 1974

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Film Description

One of Coppola's greatest films, The Conversation is a dark and unsettling conspiracy thriller about surveillance and paranoia that was released prior to the Watergate scandal breaking. It must have seemed chillingly prescient.

Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) values his personal privacy and anonymity above all else. When he and partner Stan (John Cazale) are hired by a mysterious client known only as 'the director' (Robert Duvall) to follow a young couple, Harry deduces that the woman, Mary, is the director's wife, and the man an employee with whom she is conducting an affair. Harry becomes convinced that the director intends to murder the pair and, haunted by guilt from a previous assignment where the information he provided resulted in loss of human life, sets out to prevent the killing himself. Hackman's astonishing performance as the obsessive, haunted Harry Caul is one of his very best.

The Conversation

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Buena Vista

Length: 113 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 1st August 2005

Cat No: BED881219

Subtitles: English, English HoH, Italian.

DVD Extras

  • Commentaries: Francis Ford Coppola (director), Walter Murch (editor)
  • Documentaries: 'Close-Up on the Conversation' featurette

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by Anon on 11th February 2002

Conceived well before and appearing in the wake of Watergate, at the time America’s gravest political crisis, The Conversation caught the paranoid mood of the mid-7... Read on

by Anon on 2nd June 2000

Intimate and well crafted film about a professional surveillance expert who tracks down a young couple to record their conversations under the orders of a powerful bus... Read on


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