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7 /10
Average Rating
9.04 /10
Gene Hackman , John Cazale, Allen Garfield
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Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Francis Ford Coppola

Released: 1974
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 113

Inquisitive bugger (Gene Hackman) believes he may stumbled across an incriminating conversation.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Fine acting by Gene Hackman and flashy direction by Francis Ford Coppola enliven this paranoid thriller about an eavesdropping bugging expert. Very much a film of its Watergate period (though it was made before that famous burglary - it was obviously inspired by Antonioni's Blow-Up), it is gripping and technically brilliant. Somewhere along the line, though, the plot loses its way in a forest of repetition, and the heros character becomes implausible (for a genius, hes awfully gullible). This may be why the film has always been more of a hit with critics than audiences.

I had been terrified by the whole Orwellian dimension of electronic spying and the invasion of privacy when I started writing The Conversation five years ago. I realized a bugging expert was a special breed of man, not just a private eye playing with far-out gadgets.

(Francis Ford Coppola , 1973)

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