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Release Date:
June 1974 (France) See more »
Harry Caul will go anywhere to bug a private conversation. See more »
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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You Have To See This More Than Once See more (329 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Harry Caul

John Cazale ... Stan

Allen Garfield ... Bernie Moran

Frederic Forrest ... Mark

Cindy Williams ... Ann

Michael Higgins ... Paul

Elizabeth MacRae ... Meredith (as Elizabeth Mac Rae)

Teri Garr ... Amy

Harrison Ford ... Martin Stett

Mark Wheeler ... Receptionist
Robert Shields ... The Mime
Phoebe Alexander ... Lurleen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ramon Bieri ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... Boy in Church (uncredited)

Robert Duvall ... The Director (uncredited)
Richard Hackman ... Confessional Priest / Security Guard (uncredited)
George Meyer ... Salesman (uncredited)
Al Nalbandian ... Salesman at Surveillance Convention (uncredited)
Erick Vinther ... Businessman (uncredited)

Billy Dee Williams ... Man in Yellow Hat (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
Francis Ford Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Fred Roos .... co-producer
Mona Skager .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
Haskell Wexler (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Set Decoration by
Doug von Koss  (as Doug Van Koss)
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers (costumer)
Production Management
Clark L. Paylow .... production manager (as Clark Paylow)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Myers .... assistant director (as Chuck Myers)
Paul J. Crossey .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Ted Moehnke .... property master
Sound Department
Nathan Boxer .... production recording (as Nat Boxer)
Michael Evje .... production recording (as Mike Evje)
Pete Horner .... stereo re-mix team: American Zoetrope (remastered version)
Walter Murch .... re-recording
Walter Murch .... sound montage
Art Rochester .... production recording
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Pete Horner .... sound editor: American Zoetrope (remastered version) (uncredited)
Walter Murch .... sound editor (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Dunnigan .... gaffer
Doug Finn .... gaffer
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
James Glennon .... assistant cameraman (as Jim Glennon)
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator
Keith Mason .... key grip
Gary Armstrong .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Edesa .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Brian Hamill .... still photographer: special assignment (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Walter Murch .... supervising editor
Julie Zale .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Pat Jackson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Alex Tavoularis .... location coordinator
Music Department
Justin Gordon .... musician: saxophone for Gene Hackman (uncredited)
Other crew
Jim Bloom .... administrative assistant
Randy Carter .... administrative assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Mona Houghton .... administrative assistant
Leo Jones .... technical advisor
Hal Lipset .... technical advisor
Pat Smith .... production secretary
Lawrence Bridges .... production assistant (uncredited)
Martin Kaiser .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Joe Roth .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby Digital (restored version)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG (PCA #23756) | West Germany:16
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Harry Caul's home phone number is 415-863-1944.See more »
Continuity: When Harry Caul is in the elevator, you see the woman come in and three buttons are pushed. After stopping on a floor, a cut back to the shot of the woman and only one button remains lit whereas two should still be lit.See more »
[first lines]
Passerby:Well, I want to go over to my place and start, you know, getting it on...
Ann:Oh, that's terrible.
Mark:Yeah. Do you ever, uh... ballet?
Ann:Be thankful. Do you have a quarter for them?
Mark:Yes, I do.
Ann:[gives it to street band]
Ann:What about me?
Mark:You'll see.
Ann:A lot of fun you are. You're supposed to tease me, give hints, make me guess, you know.
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90 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
You Have To See This More Than Once, 2 November 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is one of those films I'm glad I gave a second chance because it got much better, and has continued getting better with each viewing (I've now seen it four times).

I know a few other people who watch this and ask, "What's the big deal?" Well, do what I did and give it another chance. Here's a tip: put on the English subtitles. It helps understand what is going on, as the taped conversations are often difficult to discern. Then, you might discover what I did: a fascinating character study, one that did not bore me as it had on the first viewing.

It's the study of a paranoid loner who is suffering a guilty conscience over the work he has done over the years, and what tragic consequences could happen with the latest project he's involved with. Without giving anything away, the loner's fears are realized in a shocking ending, but not in the way he imagined.

Gene Hackman, as always, does a super job of acting. He dominates the film as the main character, "Harry Caul." The topic matter - high-tech surveillance - was intriguing, too. After watching this film, I wondered what kind of surveillance tools are available now, 30 years after this film was made.

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