THE CONVERSATION (1974)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of Turner Classic Movies]:

A surveillance expert uncovers a murder plot
within a corrupt corporation. Nominated for three
Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1974.






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REVIEWS:





"['The Conversation'] is haunting because its suggestion that technology has gotten out of hand, though not exactly new, is so convincingly and fastidiously detailed. .... Among its virtues is a superb performance by Gene Hackman in a role that comes very close to being the uptight Watergate era's equivalent of the mad doctors in old-fashioned Vincent Price films. .... The members of the supporting cast are almost as good as Mr. Hackman."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; April 21, 1974




ROGER EBERT'S 1974 REVIEW:



"As he is played by Gene Hackman in 'The Conversation,' an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic characters in the movies. .... Hackman is such a fine actor in so many different roles, from his action roles like 'The French Connection' to this introverted, frightened, paranoid who is 'the best bugger on the West Coast.' .... The movie is a
thriller with a shocking twist at the end, but it is also a character study. ....
Gene Hackman's performance is a great one."

-- Roger Ebert; 1974




ROGER EBERT'S 2001 REVIEW:



"The movie works on [a] moral level, and also
as a taut, intelligent thriller."

-- Roger Ebert; February 4, 2001











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