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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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  (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)
George Michael Pantages .... gaffer (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 »
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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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Did You Know?

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Continuity: When Harry is talking with Bernie in the workshop during the party, the chain on the device hanging from the ceiling is swaying vigorously, but when the scene cuts mid-sentence, the chain is now perfectly still.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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111 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
Everyone's Talking at Me.....I Think I Hear Every Word They Say., 7 November 2003
Author: tfrizzell from United States

Enigmatic, frustrating, confusing, intelligent and overall extremely brilliant work by writer/director Francis Ford Coppola (Oscar-nominated for his screenplay) has surveillance expert Gene Hackman recording a conversation between Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest. It immediately appears that the duo are having an affair behind Williams' very wealthy husband's (a cameo by Robert Duvall) back. However nothing is quite as cut and dry as it seems. Hackman, a devout Catholic, has a bout of conscience as he worries that Duvall might have deviant plans for his wife and her apparent lover. Apparently Hackman's work had meant the lives of some he had spied on many years earlier in New York and he is shown as a quiet man who has some loud personal demons within his soul. The suspense builds when Hackman is followed by Duvall's shady employee (Harrison Ford) and eventually the heat rises to a boil as all the very loose ends are tied together in a wickedly twisted final act. "The Conversation" was Coppola's other film from 1974 (remember Best Picture Oscar winner "The Godfather, Part II"?). With this movie, Coppola created arguably the two best films of that dominant cinematic campaign (of course Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" would have something to say about that). Hackman delivers a deceptively difficult and dark performance as a man who seems to be self-destructing slowly on the inside out. By the end "The Conversation" is a thought-provoking product that will chill you to the bone with its cold elements. 5 stars out of 5.

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