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The Conversation

The Conversation is a 1974 American mystery thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr and Robert Duvall.

Plot

Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a surveillance expert who runs his own company in San Francisco. He is obsessed with his own privacy; his apartment is almost bare behind its triple-locked door and burglar alarm, he uses pay phones to make calls, claims to have no home telephone, and his office is enclosed in wire mesh in a corner of a much larger warehouse. He has no friends, his mistress Amy knows nothing about him, and his one hobby is playing along to jazz records on a tenor saxophone in the privacy of his apartment.

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    award BAFTA Award for Best Editing BAFTA Award for Best Sound National Board of Review Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Director National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director Palme d'Or
    contentLocation San Francisco
    director Francis Ford Coppola
    editor Richard Chew Walter Murch
    events Cold War guilt paranoia power privacy responsibility social alienation
    genre mystery thriller
    keywords burglar alarm catholicism filter follow hotel room jazz kill listening device meet murder nothing obsess other man pay phone pay phones payphone phone call record sense of guilt street musician surround surveillance talk tenor saxophone
    musicBy David Shire
    nomination Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role BAFTA Award for Best Direction BAFTA Award for Best Editing BAFTA Award for Best Sound Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Director Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
    producer Francis Ford Coppola
    productionCompany American Zoetrope The Coppola Company The Directors Company
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    recordedAt San Francisco
    theme mystery thriller neo-noir security and surveillance trick