The Conversation Synopsis
A surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) gets too close to his work.
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Empire

By Angie Errigo
Another great, landmark American film of the '70s.
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100

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One of Coppola's very best.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As he is played by Gene Hackman in The Conversation, an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic...
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90

Variety

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A major artistic asset to the film - besides script, direction and the top performances - is supervising editor Walter Murch's sound...
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80

Chicago Reader

Gene Hackman excels in Francis Ford Coppola's tasteful, incisive 1974 study of the awakening of conscience in an "electronic surveillance...
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70

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Mr. Coppola, the writer as well as the director, has nearly succeeded in making a great film but has, instead, made one that is merely very...
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Rated PG