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Movie : The Conversation


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Harry Caul is a surveillance expert.  He’s for hire and gets you the goods on tape.  The best in the business.  He’s a loner and obsessed with his privacy.  Leaning towards paranoia. His one indulgence is playing his sax while he listens to jazz records.  Harry does some work for a client but the contents of the tapes has Harry questioning what to do.  Is he hearing a murder plot? Should he get involved? Should he take his payment and move on?  His past work led to a murder on another job. The memories of that and what he has heard on the new tapes has blown  Harry’s insular world wide open.  Will the bugger become the buggered? Jump into Harry Caul’s world and find out.

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How the hell did CB stumble onto this great piece of film.  He was a Gene Hackman fan so that was the hook but this didn’t look like no French Connection.  It’s a slow build like Connection but has minimal action.  But it delivers the goods just the same.  Francis Ford Coppola creates Harry’s world for us and we are drawn into his every move. Coppola makes a one of a kind, unique film.  Nothing cheesy about it.  From the soundtrack to the performances everything hits the mark.  Gene Hackman as Harry Caul creates a memorable screen character.  He makes him a living, breathing person. We believe this guy is real.  Hackman is such a strong actor.  It’s his film.  Great support especially from John Cazzales (was this guy a treasure or what?)

Bracket some time and give this a watch.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  CB was totally locked into this movie.  Great film experience. Hidden treasure. One question.  Where did Gene score that rain jacket?

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10 comments on “Movie : The Conversation

  1. hotfox63
    January 28, 2018

    That film that brings some of the darker aspects of our surveillance society to the fore. And it was made over 40 years ago!

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  2. J.
    January 28, 2018

    Y’know, this is another flick that I still haven’t seen. I really need to rectify that.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jim S.
    January 28, 2018

    A terrific film that I try to catch whenever it shows up. Should also mention that Cindy Williams of “American Graffiti” and “Laverne and Shirley” fame is in this as are Harrison Ford and Robert Duvall.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 28, 2018

      They were all in it. There are some other terrific performances but it’s Gene’s flick.


  4. greenpete58
    January 29, 2018

    Some of Hackman and Coppola’s best work. An intelligent, patient movie that won’t appeal to today’s action-hero crowd, but the subject matter is timely. This kind of dark drama is right up my alley (and, I think, yours too, CB).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 29, 2018

      I was and still am a big Gene fan. He really dropped into this character and showed (again) what a great film actor he is. One of if not my favorite Coppola films. You’re right I eat this kind of movie up. They’re still out there you just have to dig.
      (Keep me posted on Mitch’s film)


  5. 1537
    January 29, 2018

    I think this is a truly great film – quite pertinent now too.

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