The Conversation

The Conversation (1974)

Harry Caul is an invader of privacy. The best in the business. He can record any conversation between two people anywhere. So far, three people are dead because of him.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1974-04-07
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 1655 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 53min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Directors Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple is in danger.

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  • Gene Hackman

    as Harry Caul
  • John Cazale

    as Stan
  • Allen Garfield

    as William P. 'Bernie' Moran
  • Frederic Forrest

    as Mark
  • Cindy Williams

    as Ann
  • Michael Higgins

    as Paul
  • Elizabeth MacRae

    as Meredith
  • Teri Garr

    as Amy Fredericks
  • Harrison Ford

    as Martin Stett
  • Mark Wheeler

    as Receptionist
  • Robert Shields

    as The Mime
  • Phoebe Alexander

    as Lurleen
  • Ramon Bieri

    as Man at Party (uncredited)
  • Gian-Carlo Coppola

    as Boy in Church (uncredited)
  • Robert Duvall

    as The Director (uncredited)
  • Richard Hackman

    as Confessional Priest / Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Billy Dee Williams

    as Man in Yellow Hat (uncredited)
Art Doug von Koss Set Decoration
Directing Francis Ford Coppola Director
Production Clark L. Paylow Production Manager
Production Francis Ford Coppola Producer
Costume & Make-Up Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costume Design
Production Jennifer Shull Casting
Visual Effects Ted Moehnke Creature Design
Editing Richard Chew Editor
Sound David Shire Original Music Composer
Crew Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Sound Walter Murch Sound Designer
Art Dean Tavoularis Production Design
Camera Bill Butler Director of Photography
Camera Haskell Wexler Director of Photography
Production Mona Skager Associate Producer
Sound Michael Evje Sound Recordist
Sound Pete Horner Sound Editor
Sound Nathan Boxer Sound Recordist
Sound Art Rochester Sound Recordist
Sound Howard Beals Sound Effects Editor
Production Fred Roos Co-Producer
Camera James Glennon Assistant Camera
Editing Julie Zale Assistant Editor
Art Ted Moehnke Property Master
Lighting Doug Finn Gaffer
Camera Ralph Gerling Camera Operator
Directing Charles Myers Assistant Director
Lighting Joe Dunnigan Gaffer
Production Alex Tavoularis Location Coordinator
Directing Nancy Hopton Script Supervisor
Sound Walter Murch Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Camera Thomas Laughridge Camera Operator
Camera Keith Mason Key Grip
Crew Mona Houghton Administrative Assistant
Art Wayne Fitzgerald Title Designer
Writing Francis Ford Coppola Writer