Directed by Francis Ford Coppola • 1974 • United States
Starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield
The ultimate Watergate-era paranoia thriller, Francis Ford Coppola’s cold-sweat neonoir stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, an obsessive audio-surveillance expert who has been hired to track and secretly record a young couple. When he uncovers a violent murder plot during the course of his investigation, Harry finds himself drawn into a terrifying web of suspicion and steadily mounting dread. Masterfully wringing tension from its intricate sound design, THE CONVERSATION is a tour de force of psychological suspense as well as a hauntingly prescient vision of life in an age of mass surveillance.