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The Conversation (1974)
An excellent character study! Among the best psychological thrillers!
Caul(Gene Hackman)is a man with relationship issues in this excellent directorial effort from Coppola. He is the best in the surveillance field. A man who has learned not to trust anyone. Caul's mood swings are what the viewer grows to live with. For a major part of the movie, Caul is shown listening to a conversation which he had recorded for a client we simply know as the 'Director'. John Cazale plays a prominent role in this movie as the person who works for him. This movie proceeds at a very slow pace to build a superb momentum at the finale. I would recommend this movie for the following reasons:
1. Gene Hackman's portrayal of Caul is authentic and superb. I cant imagine anybody else in the role.
2. Harrison Ford. He plays Stett, a man who is in constant conflict with Caul. He looks very young and refreshing.
3. The cute cameo from Teri Garr.
4. And finally, the surprise that awaits you at the end :).
Enjoy the movie!