STARRING: Gene Hackman, Cindy Williams, John Cazale, Harrison Ford
OPINION STARS:4 out of 5
THIS FILM IS:Thoughtful, Unsettling, Suspenseful
DESCRIPTION: In the bustling city of San Francisco, audio surveillance expert Harry Caul (Hackman) finds himself in a tight spot when he suspects that a couple whose conversation he’s been hired to secretly record will be murdered. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
VIOLENCE & GORE:7/10
SEXUALITY & NUDITY:5/10
NOTE:The Conversation requires some patience, as its pace is slower than one might expect. That aside, it’s a worthwhile film with a cautionary message about crossing the line between technology and privacy. It has a distinctly Orwellian-feel to it, and benefits greatly from a stellar script, well-crafted suspense, and a superbly nuanced performance by Gene Hackman. WARNING: despite the PG rating, this film does contain mature themes, some violence, and suggestive material.
“Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”