Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Conversation (1974)

 5 / 5 Aug '09
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors include: Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, John Cazale
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Length: 113 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Since I loved Blow Out it only made sense to see one of the thrillers that it borrowed the most from. This is one heck of a gripping film, though for the first bit one can't even figure out what mystery you are trying to solve it's still captivating. Gene Hackman is wonderful as part of one of the leading personal surveillance experts in the field. He's hired to record a conversation between a couple that is happening in Times Square during a busy lunch hour. When he talks to the man who ordered the surveillance (Harrison Ford) he figures out awful fast that more could be at stake then he thought. See he had to leave his last city because something went wrong in a surveillance job and now he is obsessed with the same thing not happening. The character development is fantastic here, the playing of the tape and the way they laid the story out to us was genius. I liked that it didn't necessarily play out in a predictable manner either! One fantastically original and intriguing thriller that just about everyone should love.

Availability:  On DVD

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