The Conversation details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Gene Hackman, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, John Cazale|
|Director:||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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My Favourite Film.... Ever!!!By Gonzo Soul from The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge , 06 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This has to be my favourite film, I'll tell you why...
1. Gene Hackman is in it and he's the don. I think this has to be his best role. Hackman plays it to a tea. Subtle and understated, we feel his pain. Always worth watching!!
2. Its got a great plot!!! Which unravels as the film moves along.. Nice & neat twist.
3. Great film sound. I love the sound in this film. Its paranoid and edgy and it makes the atmosphere claustrophobic. I also love the music soundtrack with its eery signature theme which represents Harry's pain, loneliness and isolation.
For me this is Coppola at the pinacle of his powers. He made 'The Conversation' between the two 'Godfather' films which a lot of people consider to be the best Hollywood cinema of all time.
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A Good Film.By PUDDING (22 reviews) from Trefechan, Aberystwyth , 26 Sep 2008This is really well made film; good script, excellent performances, intelligent. What else can I say to you? Watch it.
oh, if you look you'll notice that most of the bad reviews that it's gotten say more about the reviewers attention span than the films worth... one of them says: When I rented this film I didn't have high hopes for it due to its age.... Yes, because no one made good films in the 70's, in fact, no one has every made good films up until the present... new film good, old film bad... please.
'The Conversation: Listen to paint drying'By dougthom (278 reviews) from Brighton,UK , 20 Jul 2008I watched this movie expecting it to get better, for some secret to be reveiled, for it to make sense, to have some direction, but nothing - it just goes on and on.
Soon I was fast forwarding it to find some sort narrative ankor but nothing.
This is a movie with no start(just jumps in) or conclusion (well I coukld not take any more and ejected it - then went looking on Cable)
I selected this movie due to its star rating (little else in my renta list).
Now I have to find someone on here with taste and check their 5star movies as it is beyond me how this one ever made any money.
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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I enjoyed this immensely, despite some glaring inadequacies in the plot.
Blood in the toilet, this would surely set some alarms with the hotel management. Also, how did the couple manage to remove the body from the bedroom at the hotel without being detected. I cannot believe Harry would be so foolish and unproffesional as to have a party with rivals at his office or that he would be so easily taken in by the woman who stole the tapes, nor would he have accepted a pen from a rival who was demonstating bugging devices.
Nevertheless, the film was riviting, the acting supberb, the most re-watchable film I have viewed for a long time. Having rented it am now about to buy it. It rates very highly with me.
I must be missing somethingBy lesley stock from Essex , 24 Mar 2008Cant think why some people described this as the best film ever. Music too loud, plot boring. A waste of Gene Hackmans talent. Gave it 2 stars only because I watched it through to the end, in fact it really wasnt worth one star.
Canne'd rather than Oscar'dBy a customer from North Cornelly, South Wales. , 15 Mar 2008This one won the Palme d'Or and missed out to Coppola's other effort Godfather Part II in the 1974 Oscars. For all the razzamatazz its a very studied, well constructed film which is hugely enjoyable. The way that the central conversation is pieced together is very impressive and comes together beautifully for the final dénouement.
Really interesting to see the action unfold in a 1970s Union Square in San Francisco with the 'City of Paris' storefront used in the film being placed at the location of the current Neiman Marcus.
The Nixon tapes scandal is reflected to great effect in the scene where Bernie Moran records Harry Caul's tête-à-tête with Ann - otherwise the dream sequence falls a little flat and is perhaps a step too far. Gene Hackman is taken to another dimension - didn't reach these heights before or after. Overall a great watch.