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The Conversation

1974 Crime, Drama, Mystery


Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide (Harrison Ford) to tail a young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams). Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan (John Cazale) manage to record a...

Directed by

Francis Ford Coppola

Written by

Francis Ford Coppola (Screenplay)


113 minutes


United States of America




Gene Hackman
as Harry Caul
John Cazale
as Stan
Harrison Ford
as Martin Stett
Teri Garr
as Amy Fredericks
Allen Garfield
as William P. 'Bernie' Moran
Elizabeth MacRae
as Meredith


Oscar nomination for Best Picture Francis Ford Coppola

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay Francis Ford Coppola

Oscar nomination for Best Sound Walter Murch Art Rochester


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