Trailer Tuesday: Gene Hackman in ‘The Conversation’

Gene Hackman is Harry Caul in 'The Conversation,' 1974

Gene Hackman is Harry Caul in ‘The Conversation,’ 1974

Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation was released in April of 1974, right between the director’s better-known films; The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. The thriller, set in San Francisco, stars Gene Hackman as a freelance surveillance expert who secretly records a conversation which may lead to the death of the couple being spied upon.

The Conversation is a compelling, tense picture with an excellent performance from Hackman as the socially-awkward and paranoid lead. Having watched it last night for the first time, I’d definitely recommend a viewing if you’ve let this one slip by. You’ll catch excellent co-stars like John Cazale (Dog Day Afternoon), Cindy Williams (American Graffiti) and a pre-Star Wars Harrison Ford – and take in some San Fran scenery from the early 70s. Watch the original trailer below.

The Conversation Theatrical Trailer, 1974

The Conversation Wiki, IMDb


Previously, on Trailer Tuesday: The Hindenburg

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